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Yesterday, finally my buddy caught up to one we've got a history with, and been after for two years. No trail cam pics of him this summer and we wondered what may have happened to him. At 8:30 I heard the boom and got a text "It's him." I about ran out of the stand. So happy for him.


His 2013 shed. Can't be 100% positive here but it's very unique and was within 300 yards of cam pic and where he was shot. Base is over 5 inches.




2014 cam pic




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I would guess the deer was 100-110 pounds. It certainly challenges the idea of older bucks and their sagging stomachs. Nice easy drag. I am amazed the hunters that this buck has eluded over the years.

btw - since I got crap from the tagging police for last year's tagging job via PMs, WCO was there for this one.
 

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Congrats to you friend! I have really seen a significant amount of mature deer harvested this year.

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Is this a mountain deer? They lose a lot of weight in the rut.
Agreed. Lord only knows the amount of miles that old boy put on during the rut. I would be curious to see his teeth.
 

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Congratulations on this mature buck. Nice!
 

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Awesome. The history makes it even better!
 

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Congrats
 

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Awesome buck, story and thread! Congrads to your buddy. But the shed is from a different buck. Beautiful buck regardless!!
 

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I'll have to compare the teeth to others from the area. I have some less and more worn.


 

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100'lbs? Nice mass on that deer. 100 lbs is really light, even for a doe. Did you weigh it or just guessing? Anyways, congrats on a nice looking deer.

Teeth are saying 2.5 to 3.5 according to my teeth aging tool. Works pretty well, but only a "send it off to be microscoped" is 100%.

Check the tool here:
http://www.basspro.com/Deer-Aging-Reference-Tool/product/65138/
 

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Great buck!! Congrats!

With the visible wear in that pic, IMO there is nearly zero percent chance that he was younger than 4 years old. Lots of dentin showing, substantial wear on the crests (especially on the 4th), major wear on the last cusp. Based on that wear, I would be expecting 5.5 or older, if I sent a tooth off to the lab from one like that.
 
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