The North Missouri Sportsman's Alliance (NMSA) is sponsoring a free deer antler scoring day Saturday, February 17, at the Elks Lodge in Chillicothe.

The North Missouri Sportsman's Alliance (NMSA) is sponsoring a free deer antler scoring day Saturday, February 17, at the Elks Lodge in Chillicothe. "We used to provide scoring whitetail deer antlers as part of our annual Outdoor Classic, but it's been at least six years since scoring has been offered in Chillicothe," said Steve Shoot, president of the NMSA. Scorers who are certified for Boone & Crockett (B&C), Pope & Young (P&Y) and Missouri Big Bucks (MBB) will be on hand to measure the antlers. The antlers will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for measurement. "Since it's been so long since antlers have been scored in this area, the scorers may not be able to get all of them scored," said Shoot. "We will be scoring through 4 p.m., but it does take time to accurately measure each antler." The NMSA has been working with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in preparation for the event. Members of the Chillicothe High School Hunting & Fishing Club will also be on hand to assist throughout the day. Shoot said the NMSA is planning on making the deer scoring day an annual event. "There are specific guidelines to follow when you bring your antlers to be scored and also when you pick them up to take back home," said Shoot. "You will be asked to provide some basic information on how the deer was taken, your name and address, and so on." There will be a concession stand for those individuals wishing to stay until their deer has been scored. Coffee will be free throughout the day, while other liquid refreshments will be available for purchase. A chili lunch will be available. "It is important to bring your antlers in as early as you can," added Shoot. "They will be measured by the scorers in the order in which they arrive at the lodge. The only exception to this will be for those antlers which must be scored by those certified for Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young." The Chillicothe Elks Lodge is located at 401 Harvester Road. For easy access to the lodge, take Highway 65 (Washington Street) to Ryan Lane and turn east. The lodge is located just one block east of the four-way stop at Ryan Lane and Brunswick Street on the south side of the road. The entrance to the Elks Lodge where the scoring will take place is located on the south side of the building.