SC officials begin annual rating of deer antlers

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The annual search for record deer antlers is under way in South Carolina.

The state Natural Resources Department is holding scoring sessions around the state in advance of the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic scheduled for March 25-27 at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia.

Natural Resources project supervisor Charles Ruth says the state has almost 5,500 sets of white-tailed deer antlers on its records list. Hunters must document the date and location of the kill when they bring in a set of antlers for scoring.

The department uses the Boone and Crockett system for scoring antlers.

The goal is to determine where the largest deer are located and use that information for future herd management. The agency has a complete list of scoring locations on its website:

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