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How old???

Unread postby Autumn Ninja » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:38 pm

I admittedly rely on rack size quit a bit when I guess a bucks age on the hoof. I know the bucks in my area and feel I can get close most of the time...with that said, if he's big I'll shoot regardless of age, LOL.

How much do you rely on antlers to determine age? How old do you think this deer is?


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Re: How old???

Unread postby Zap » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:40 pm

3
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Re: How old???

Unread postby BigHunt » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:40 pm

4.5
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Re: How old???

Unread postby gjs4 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:46 pm

would say 4.5 based on low belly and dip in the back, but his neck is more 3.5
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Re: How old???

Unread postby G3s » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:51 pm

For this time of year i would say 4 1/2
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Re: How old???

Unread postby Czabs » Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:16 pm

I would guess 3
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Re: How old???

Unread postby Swampthing » Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:23 pm

4.5
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Unread postby virginiashadow » Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:35 pm

4.678
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Re: How old???

Unread postby snoman4 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:10 pm

I would also say 4.5 year old.
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Re: How old???

Unread postby ozzz » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:27 pm

3.7
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Re: How old???

Unread postby Zap » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:29 pm

I believe that the deer's position/posture makes it look older.
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Re: How old???

Unread postby JakeJD » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:31 pm

IDK, 4 or 5?

FWIW, I remember an article in Deer and Deer Hunting a while back where they studied the subject of aging deer on the hoof. The story goes something like this, multiple "experts" (biologists, hunters, etc.) tried to age a group of animals on the hoof according to body, belly, etc. Then, they had the same experts age another group of the animals by their antlers. They found that even the experts were the most accurate at aging the animals via their antlers.
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Re: How old???

Unread postby Dewey » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:33 pm

3 years 8 months. :)

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Re: How old???

Unread postby Stanley » Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:34 pm

4.5
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Re: How old???

Unread postby DEERSLAYER » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:46 pm

My knee jerk reaction is at least 5.5 but it's tough to tell for me with that picture. If his head wasn't turned I could make A better guess.
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