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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-11-2019, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Is this the same deer - Captain Hook

I feel he is 6,5 years old if this is him, I have not seen him just likes to get his picture taken.

Pic 1 is first year I got him on camera, I had the bow back on him 2 times the year before.

Pic 2 last year I think his biggest year 5.5 years old

Pic 3 is this year, No split G1 like pic 2 but still has kicker on left G1

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-11-2019, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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This one of the pics during the season last year
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Boy if that is the same buck in the 3rd pic. I never saw one losing that much in one year, unless injury or disease is happening. I would think he would still have more trash. Or he maybe older then you think. Tough to tell sometimes.
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I would say itís not the same deer. Either way tho feel lucky bc they are both nice bucks and you have pics of them in the day time. Keep us posted if you get one of the big boys
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If that’s not the same buck I’d bet that one is his son. Notice the little sticker point on his left g2 is all pics
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Thatís honestly what I was thinking that it was his gene. I did read and hear that when a buck gets older the rack will get smaller. At around age 4 or 5 they are at their biggest. Again I donít know if thatís a fact or just old wise tales
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I think they are different.
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That’s honestly what I was thinking that it was his gene. I did read and hear that when a buck gets older the rack will get smaller. At around age 4 or 5 they are at their biggest. Again I don’t know if that’s a fact or just old wise tales
From what I have seen on tv and read they don’t lose all that much and even gain a tiny bit from ages say 5-8. Bucks aren’t really past prime until over 8-10 years old. They just don’t make it that long in the wild. Either way great buck. The one without velvet is world class.
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Boy that's a tough call. I wouldn't want to have to bet anything serious on it. To me it almost looks like 4 pictures of 2 different deer. I know the flyer on the left G2 is present in all 4 photos, but it's odd the G4 on the right and the forked G2 keep changing every other year.

I think the 2017 picture and the 2019 picture could be the same buck. I once had one lose 20" of antler between either 7 1/2 & 8 1/2, or 8 1/2 & 9 1/2. It went from a 150" to a 130". If the buck reached its peak in the top picture during 2017, it's possible it could look like the bottom picture in 2019.

Really no idea, though. I suggest you shoot it and then see if you still get pictures of another one.
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I am sure that 3 of 4 pictures are the same deer, I have a good number of pics from 2018 and 2017, the pic from this year seems to be a smaller version of the previous years deer. I have a short video from the last day of archery of him running a doe with the right side of his rack missing , I feared he was hit by a car. No pictures of him since that day in November. I hope he is around but I feel he is unkillable but he drives me to sit in a stand.
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