I think to much emphasis is put on what a buck scores and not what the hunter wants. In 2005 I finally got my first "antlered" buck after almost 20 years of hunting. A nice 11 pointer with some tines that were 8" and 9" on both sides, some of the points bladed, a broken brow tine, a small point that is an inch at the base of the antlers to make it an 11 pointer, a scar on the top of his head. Although I had shot a few does and button bucks. I couldn't have been happier with my first antlered buck even though he was a gross of 145 and about a net 135 after all the deductions. I think he was maybe 4 1/2 or 5 1/2 years old. To me, a real trophy because of all the character. After that I've shot a couple more bucks, 1 1/2 year olds, and I am just as proud of them as I am of the big one.
I don't mind the score keeping because it raises the challenge of hunting. However, some of the downside of scoring is the poaching, trespassing, unethical shots, broken laws, and everything else in between just to say I got a buck that scored this or that. Meat is what I'm after, rack size is secondary.
I can't wait for my kids to grow up and hunt. If they shoot a button buck or a small 6 pointer, oh well. Each deer is a trophy, buck/doe, big/small. That is what I'm going to teach them. I'm not concerned if that 7 pointer should have been an 8 and it's G-2 is broken off and he only scores 115 instead of 120. I'm taking the shot if it's a legal deer.
Good luck hunting.