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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-25-2017, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Age on big 6

I'm struggling with this deer. He's definitely a big deer but I can't confidently put an age on him.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-25-2017, 09:47 PM
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Hmm, I think that venison has aged enough. Time to butcher him up and fill a freezer..... LOL
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Kinda like this guy.........
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I think that last photo gives you the best idea. He looks like he still has the lean neck of a relatively younger deer. I agree with Big Cow... 3.5 or a really well fed 2.5.
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I'm with Irish... That last photo has me leaning towards a really healthy 2 1/2 year old.

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Personally I hunt public land in the ANF... I've tried passing on bucks in hopes that they'll survive and grow up some, but every year I see those same bucks strapped to the back of someone's vehicle in rifle season. So now every year I start out a little picky and trying to tag a decent mature buck - but bout half way through archery I end up just looking for legal bucks. Thus I really don't try ageing my bucks on my cameras as much. I just look for a good "big bodied" deer to fill the freezer.... Though last year I had the misfortune of taking a big bodied buck that had a tiny little rack (though legal). But when I shot it I actually thought it was a big doe - as the ears actually hid the antlers completely. So was a big surprise when I tracked it out and found a tiny 5pt rack on its head! Even though it was a 2.5yo buck, i'm kinda glad I harvested it as it obviously didn't have good genetics (because the food sources were definitely there). There is also a spike in that area that has been a spike for 3 years - this year though it finally managed 7 tiny little points on it's rack, so who knows - it may be my next tag! And there's also a buck in the same area that hasn't grown an antler at all in the last 3 years (I've been trying to put a doe tag on him each year)........
Now before anyone says that these deer are lacking in nutrition: there is a farm not 300 yards away from this spot. Plus in this spot I get hundreds of pics and videos of huge 8pts, 10pts. even a 14pt last year.
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This deer is on an 1100 acre property I manage so I can stick to my guns on mature buck and I'll gladly use my buck tag on a doe in flintlock if it comes to that. Though I would be thrilled to have him be harvested by a kid or someone's first buck. The largest buck we killed last year was a giant 6 and I hit a giant 5 with 20" main beams a 1/4 mile away with my truck so the genetic is definitely in the area.
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2.5 to 3.5...either way , he sure is eating well....expect him to look normal after he runs himself ragged during the rut....I would pass him just to see what genetics he has...A good breeder Buck is something you want to keep around..if he doesn't blow in to something next season place him high on the hit list and start looking for the next breeder candidate....works great for me as I own more acreage than you manage, so he can stay relatively safe within the property bounties while you watch what he can do genetically speaking...

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