The first boar we are going to score weighs 310 pounds and has a total bottom tusk length of 4 inches. (Each bottom tusk was exactly 2 inches long.) Each tusk also has a base circumference of 2 inches.
First, we would write down the weight of the boar (in pounds). Next, we would measure the circumference of each tusk at the base and add both tusk circumferences together. Last, we would add the length of each bottom tusk together (in inches) and multiply that number by 50. By adding these three numbers together we come up with the WWT score. It’s that simple! For the boar we just scored the formula should look like this:
W + C + (T x 50) = WWT Score
310 + 4 + (4 x 50) = WWT Score
310 + 4 + 200 = 514
This boar scored a 514. Now to classify the boar into the “Tusk” or “Weight” category just look at which score was greater before you added the two together. This particular boar obviously had a greater W score so his final score would be 514W. This places the boar in the “Weight” category. The tusk circumference does not play a factor in whether the boar is placed in the “Tusk” or “Weight” category.
Let’s score a boar that weighs 240 pounds but has a total of 5.5 inches of bottom tusk and a total of 6 inches of tusk circumference. Using the WWT formula we get:
240 + 6 + 275 = 521
This boar’s greater score came from the tusk measurement, so his final score would be 521T.
The W and T classes allow for all boars to be ranked by their greater physical characteristics. It equalizes the differences in physical attributes caused by differences in genetics, environment, and nutrition. Much like Boone and Crockett uses typical and non-typical classes to separate genetic differences, the WWT system uses the “Weight” and “Tusk” classes to separate genetically different boars for fair ranking purposes. The circumference is figured into the equation to be used as a tie breaker in close scoring situations.
Let’s make a comparison to illustrate how two boars with the same WWT score differ from the W and T classes.
Both of these hypothetical boars scored a 706, each in their respective class. The boar in the W class weighed in at a whopping 500 pounds but only had a total of 4 inches of bottom tusk. The boar in the T class weighed in at 300 pounds but had a grand total of 8 inches of bottom ivory. Both boars have a total of 6 inches of bottom tusk circumference.
These boars’ numerical score is equally impressive. I doubt anyone would say that one boar is a far greater trophy than the other. It all comes down to personal preference when deciding which is favored. If both boars were standing down range at 200 yards, which one would you pull the trigger on? This is why the WWT scoring system classes the two boars separately, so they can compete against other boars that are physically similar. This makes the WWT scoring system the most fair and accurate way to score and classify all wild boar taken in any part of North America or the world for that matter.