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post #41 of 124 (permalink) Old 07-07-2018, 10:26 AM
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I would love to hunt anywhere that it takes a 160" deer to be exceptional!

does this PA deer meet the criteria? you guys decide. lol. late 2017 archery
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You want me to put my ear to the ground? Listen for hoof beats? Look for broken twigs?
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this scored 137. Had a lot of junk that hurt the score I think was 147 gross game commission scored it. Field dressed weighed 205 never really though would be that heavy but I know I struggled dragging it out. I was just wondering about age because taxidermist thought was bigger in past because the left side is down further then the right
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In case I haven't mentioned it before, I got to move to western Pa. Lol.

GOBBLE THIS!!!
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In case I haven't mentioned it before, I got to move to western Pa. Lol.
Yes, they do seemed to be blessed with larger racked bucks!
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well it wasn't killed in 2b....lol
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After a certain age is a buck past its prime? At what age would the rack size start to decrease
Depends on the individual deer.

We had a VERY well documented buck that grew his best rack at 3.5 and declined the next two years. We lost track of him between 5.5 and 6.5 But his rack at 5.5 was pitiful. At 3.5 he was a 20-ish inch inside spread 8-point with at least 3 tines over 12" and possibly a 4th.

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The OP's buck is a really nice PA deer and would make nearly anyone proud to hang his tag on. I suspect that similar bucks are what people who "saw a 130" or "saw a 140" REALLY saw...

I have been hunting PA for a good long while. I consider myself exceptionally fortunate to hunt some nicely managed private ground and I will spend 60-70 hours a week up a tree during weeks 5 & 6 of archery season every year. In my lifetime, I have seen with my own eyes 2 bucks I figured to be 160's... 2 bucks I figured to be 150's......and maybe 4 I figured to be 140's. Of those bucks, I managed to arrow a grand total of one.


I would consider any buck near or beyond 140 inches to be an exceptional PA deer.

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Years ago the neighbors shot a three point . About ten inches wide, maybe ten inches high, fairly heavy horned. Large deer, looked very old. One of the guys that hunts with them knew some guy at Penn State that was involved with the deer management program, had the deer aged. 6.5 years! It would have been interesting to know the history of his antler growth over the years. Was he at one time a trophy (probably not) and now in decline or always a scrub buck? One thing's for sure, he must have been smart. We sure were surprised at the age of that deer though.
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Years ago the neighbors shot a three point . About ten inches wide, maybe ten inches high, fairly heavy horned. Large deer, looked very old. One of the guys that hunts with them knew some guy at Penn State that was involved with the deer management program, had the deer aged. 6.5 years!
You know what Gary Alt called that deer, don't ya ???

Breeding stock.

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I saw this buck twice last season. I hunted him pretty hard & only saw him 2 times in daylight & 1 trail cam pic. It is amazing how these big buck become invisible during hunting season.

I have killed a 130 class 8 pointer & seen alot, but it is rare when they mess up during hunting hours.
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