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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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How Old Is He?

Just checked my trail cam for the first time since March, had lots of deer but im trying to figure out the age of this buck. This picture was takin 6/4/12. Also how much more antler growth is ahead of him before he sloughs off his velvet
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 10:28 AM
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he's a nice buck but hard to get a good look at him. Hopefully you get a few more shots of him.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Field Judging Age of Whitetail Deer Using Body Structure
Referencing the above website, judging the age by body i would estimate he would be 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 years. Of course this isnt full proof, just curious.
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I'm going to guess he's about 3-1/2 and so far he's completed approx. 75% of his antler development and looks to be a solid 8 pointer this year in great physical health.
I wouldn't hesitate eating that one.

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I'm with BB on this one. This buck is probably a 3 1/2 year old and COULD possibly be a 2 1/2 year old. One thing I have noticed about buck size in the USA is that the further south you go, the smaller the body (not rake). The farther north you go, the thicker the body and weight. Since you are in OK, which is fairly close to MO geographically, I would guess this buck to be a 3 1/2 year old. If that buck was here in north central MO, he'd probably be a 2 1/2 year old.

The thing that makes me think he's 3 1/2 is his belly- it droops down. A 2 1/2 year old buck isn't going to have that much droop. I definately know he's not a 4 1/2 year old b/c of his neck. 4 1/2 year old's will have a thicker neck than that.

he does have nice brows, which also makes me think he's 3 1/2 not 2 1/2.

That'll my official guess.... 3 1/2 this year and he'll definately grow bigger if that pic was taken on June 4. I would guess that he'll grow anywhere between 2-4 more inches before he's done for this year. Good luck to you and keep watching him!

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