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1 1/2, 21/2, 3 1/2?

The small eight and the seven are from Erie county, the fresh eight is from Somerset county. In round numbers they measure 12, 14 and 16 inches spread. A neighbor doubted the middle deer was 2 1/2, thinking it was a 1 1/2, but I think it fits the general size range for a 2 1/2 nicely. Maybe the wrong forum but I was curious what folks thought. The seven was a farmland swamp buck but I still think it was a 2 1/2.

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Re: 1 1/2, 21/2, 3 1/2?

You cannot tell the age of a deer from the antlers! The jawbone tells the tale. Without having the lower jawbone aged, it is just speculation.




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Re: 1 1/2, 21/2, 3 1/2?

Well then speculate John.

To the OP..

I'd say you're likely not far off in your guesses. the smaller of the two IMO, if from the same general area could be the same age. Genetically they are fairly similar.


The big 8, again, tough to say, but i'd at least 2.5 would be an EASY guess.. but it very well could be 3.5+

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Re: 1 1/2, 21/2, 3 1/2?

Hard to speculate with pics. It would be better if antlers were held in hand. All 3 are at least 2.5 year olds. Top could be 3.5 but could also be 2.5 with good genetics.
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Re: 1 1/2, 21/2, 3 1/2?

I could guess the ages but it'd be guesses. I think 2 of 2 and the new one is 3.


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Re: 1 1/2, 21/2, 3 1/2?

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You cannot tell the age of a deer from the antlers! The jawbone tells the tale. Without having the lower jawbone aged, it is just speculation.
Agreed.

Post pics of the lower jaw

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Re: 1 1/2, 21/2, 3 1/2?

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You cannot tell the age of a deer from the antlers! The jawbone tells the tale. Without having the lower jawbone aged, it is just speculation.
Agreed.

Post pics of the lower jaw
I just thought it was an interesting pic with the nested antlers, I do not have the jaw bones. The post probably should have a different title or be in a different forum. It was ment as a fun discussion which is not what this forum is for. I will add that the deer with smallest rack by all appearances was a young deer. No gray, sleek frame, it was shot long enough ago that I do not have digital pic of it. The 7 point measured 14+ which is the magic number for the local state forest antler restrictions (Coopers rock, WV) desisgned to let bucks get older. I know that the 14" rule is used other places as well and was discussed for PA. However my neighbor when I lived in Erie county thought nothing of the 7 other than a big 1.5 yr old. But I thought it looked like an older deer.
Not that anyone can the exact age but here is the 7


and the eight


Anyway I thought it interesting how the antlers nested and I thought people might in fact want to speculate.

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Thanks for the resposes guys.

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Another pic of the 7 with a tag in case anyone cares.

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Big bodied for sure, congratulations.
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