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Style question for outdoors writers

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Flip Wilson, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

    We were talking about AP style in class today and one of my students posed a question that stumped me. Not being a hunter, I had no idea what he was talking about until he explained it.

    He asked the correct style for writing about a deer's antlers. It seems different antlers are IDed as G3, G4 and the like. Should it be G3, G-3 or something else. The only thing that came to mind that was similar was the spaces on a chess board.

    Your help is appreciated.
  2. SixToe

    SixToe Well-Known Member

    Our outdoor writer says individual points, or tines, on a deer's antlers are indeed identified as G2, G3, G4 to assist in "scoring" the antlers for record books.

    Maybe you could find a writer in your area to call and double-check or Google "deer antler scoring" for more help.
  3. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    This is the style I've seen.

    (But, adding or subtracting the hyphen isn't going to confuse the reference.)
  4. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    agree with everyone else so far - G2, G3, G4, etc.
  5. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Just change it to "nice rack."
  6. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Frank, next time I'm on the road, I'll use that line.
    "Hi! How are you? Woh. What a nice G4!"
  7. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the help; nice rack is what came to my mind as well. FWIW, the kid who asked the question has an older sister who played softball when I was stringing. Not saying that her and nice rack couldn't be used in the same sentence, but I'm just saying.

    Anywho, our local daily doesn't have an outdoors writer anymore, and my Google search turned up about equal entries for G3 and G-3.

    Thanks again.
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