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Old 02-23-2008, 08:07 AM
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Question How Old? ? ?

This is the only good pic I have of this buck. . . and I cannot make up my mind as to how old he is. . . I know he is old, but just how old I don't know. . . how old do you think he is? ? ?

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Old 02-23-2008, 08:14 AM
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Here are some more pics . . . they are not as good for telling age but they may help. . .

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Old 02-23-2008, 11:04 AM
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That's a very nice deer and I don't know much about deer age but I'll give it a guess and say 4 1/2 yrs old.
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Old 02-23-2008, 11:18 AM
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old enough for me to shoot
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Old 02-23-2008, 11:47 AM
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That's a nice deer, but a tough question. There are so many factors that contribute to antler development, like heredity, amount and quality of available food, etc. I'd even say that what the weather is like in different parts of the country can effect antlers. For example, in states where bucks may barely survive bad winters, their bodies may be so deteriorated that much of the nutrients they eat during the springtime has to go toward rebuilding their bodies instead of growing new antlers. Where I live (southwest Montana), we have good genetics and, even though the winters can be brutal (for humans) there seems to be enough high quality food, and lots of it, so that relatively young bucks (2 1/2 years old) can grow some pretty nice antlers (4x4). Unless you've been watching that deer for several years, and have some idea of how old it might be, I'd guess that in your part of the country, it could be as young as 3 1/2.
Here's a photo of a young buck I shot a couple of years ago. I aged him at 2 1/2. He didn't have a large body, but was in such excellent shape that he sported a fairly nice set of antlers. I can only imagine what he would have looked like in another year or two.
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Old 02-23-2008, 04:44 PM
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Judging by the body, the drop in the line of the back, and the stocky shoulders, you could probably say that buck is almost definately 3 1/2 , possibly 4 1/2. You can plainly see the difference in the two in the first picture. That is my guess.
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Old 02-23-2008, 04:52 PM
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Yep what they said at least 3 1/2 , but not much more. Ought to be Prime this coming season.
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Old 02-24-2008, 01:16 PM
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No expert here but I'm going with the older group on the buck. I think he's 4 1/2 at least, due to his sway back, rounded head features, and fully filled out front to back. The body is fully mature, the horns look like the mass is a bit light. However, a darn nice buck!
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Old 02-24-2008, 01:24 PM
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Okay we've made our guesses, let's wait a little while longer for Ronn, WMI and others to post theirs. Then when you harvest it next season have it aged and see who came closest.
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:44 PM
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he has the features of a 3 1/2 to 4yr old
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