Look also at the base of the G2 on his right antler. This picture -- even if it's real -- has been tinkered with.jrmoonglo said:Based upon the hairline on the back of the neck it looks photoshopped.
1997 was perhaps just like any other year for white-tailed deer in Pennsylvania. Fawns were born, antlers were grown, does were bred. Deer season came along, like always. If a hunter harvested a buck that year, the buck was probably a yearling with its first set of antlers. This was the norm. Very few bucks ever saw their second birthday or their second set of antlers.
Fast forward 10 years, again fawns were born, antlers grew, and does bred. Over that 10-year period, millions of deer were harvested in Pennsylvania. Those years also saw many changes to deer management as well; most significantly a new antler point restriction. Bucks now had an opportunity to grow a second set of antlers. This changed what hunters were seeing afield and were able to harvest.
During the 2007 deer season Game Commission deer agers pulled teeth from adult bucks to obtain accurate ages. Teeth were sent to Matson’s Laboratory in Montana where they were aged. Of the more than 5,000 Pennsylvania bucks aged by the laboratory, 73 percent of the adult bucks were 2.5 years-of-age. Nineteen percent were 3.5 years-of age, and five percent were 4.5 years-of-age. Of the remaining three percent, the oldest buck was 10.5 years-of age.
That buck was born in 1997 and was still roaming Penn’s woods in 2007. He was content to live his life in the big woods of the Quehanna Wild Area in Wildlife Management Unit 2G, oblivious to any and all changes to deer management. Mr. Bill Chaney didn’t think anything was special about the 2007 deer season either. He headed toward Wykoff on the last day of the gun season to try his luck up on the Quehanna. He saw lots of deer sign but it was the big set of tracks he cut that got his attention. He decided to continue up the mountain and return to a rock bench later in the afternoon hoping to catch a glimpse of the ghost that made those tracks. At 4pm, Bill made it back to his rock bench and so did that deer. So on the last day in the last hour on the first outing in the area on public land in WMU 2G, Mr. Chaney caught up with a buck born in 1997. Mr. Chaney calls his trophy the Wykoff 10-point and has it mounted at his home. He swears he caught a glimpse of this big buck on his last outing in the area six years earlier. No one knows for sure. But he sure did outsmart the king of the mountain.
I don't know how you can say "Nope," given that in the previous post you said this:eyefromthesky said:
I think everyone realized you know how old it was. The post would be pointless otherwise -- you wouldn't know; we wouldn't know; and no one would have a way of knowing. And I think everyone knew this was "just for fun," mostly your fun. LOLeyefromthesky said:It's a mount and I took the guys face out of the picture, for all you photoshop detectives.