The Douglas Score
The Douglas Score is a system for measuring and evaluating antlers, horns and tusks of New Zealand big game animals by symmetrical size.
The system was devised by the late Norman Douglas who first used it at the Waikato Branch of NZDA on the 25th of June 1949 for judging their trophy entries. On the 2nd of August 1958 NZDA formally adopted it for use as the official measuring system.
As a joint initiative, the Upper Clutha branch and the Southern Lakes Branch are holding a level 1 course. On completion participants will be eligible for a Douglas Score Practicing Certificate.
This course is for any NZDA members - limited to 30 spaces.
Due to the uncertainty of Covid levels and restrictions, please register but happy if you want to wait and only pay once we have confirmation we will be in Level 2 by then.
+ $20 if you need to purchase a tape measure
Course costs includes:-
- Douglas Score Handbook
- Printed reading material and extra Douglas Scoring information
- Course fee and tuition
- Certificate on completion
- Morning and afternoon tea & coffee
Although the branches are paying for the majority of the costs to run the course: (postage of books, venue hire etc); A small portion of your payment will go towards the travel costs to bring the instructors down this way.
The exact venue location in Cromwell is still to be confirmed.
Required for the course
It is preferable that participants have been actively involved in measuring antler, horn and tusks at a branch level or at least attempted to gain some practical proficiency in measuring antler, horn and tusk heads.
Course participants are required to bring along the following:
1. Your Douglas Scoring Handbook and other provided required reading material that will be sent to you on receiving payment
2. Measuring tape (in inches with 8ths marked out). A thin steel tape is ideal.
Alternatively a standard width steel tape (in inches) plus a 1200mm long piece of fine copper wire (the core wires of standard phone cable are excellent) or a good fiberglass dress makers measuring tape (in inches) will suffice.
3. A pair of small dividers or a small caliper if you have one
4. A piece of white chalk.
5. A calculator, if you are not too good at addition.
6. Paper and pen.
7. Bring your own lunch
Terms and Conditions of course
No shows or late cancellations < 1 week in advance are not subject to refunds.
If Covid levels change and the organisers need to postpone, you will be allocated a space on an alternative date. If this date is unsuitable, a refund minus credit card fees (if applicable) will be returned