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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-09-2008, 08:26 AM
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I think you summed it up really well Ronn... Good Posting...

I also hope "Edgecrusher" doesn't mind I did a little edit too..

I think this is a typical 8 pointer in velvet in this pic, I'm not so sure it's going to score as well as EastTexasDroptine thinks it might, once he loses the velvet and the antlers harden and shrink, I think it's going to score in around 130. I also think it's currently only about 5 years old. (5.5 this season) that's just my opinion, the body is still a good solid muscular frame and he's just starting to develop the sagging belly Ronn mentioned. another thing I notice is the peaking shoulders sloping down to the neck, I'm sure he's seen a couple good heavy ruts with that neck swelling and shrinking.
All in All it's a great buck I wish you loads of luck pursuing him... <-click to see the deer

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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-09-2008, 08:32 AM
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I was just watching QDMA and they said virtually everything you looking at a 1.5 year old deer is like a teenager......Bucks also have the biggest "antler jump" in terms of size from ages 3.5 yrs to 4.5 yrs.

Found these websites with pics to help age on the hoof.....
Field Guide from Wildlife Enterprises
Quality Deer Management Association
Really like this last website/powerpoint....

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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-11-2008, 09:03 PM
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ronn thats a good posting. Also, with really good food supply like here in Ohio bucks can carry a real good rack 6-8 years then start the big fall off, providing their not on a wall. I just watched a show that spent a good deal of time showing bucks and how they age in physical appearance. After the 4.5 age they really fill out and have that box car look, solid head to tail.
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-11-2008, 09:09 PM
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Thanks. A good reason for nutrition plots. I read or saw somewhere that those 180"+ deer that we see taken in IL. on TV are predominantly 3.5 years old. just imagine what a couple more years on them could do.
post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-15-2008, 12:19 PM
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great info ronn and Droptine

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