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Old 11-11-2017, 06:06 PM   #1
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Old 11-11-2017, 06:13 PM   #2
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Looks 5 from those pics
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Old 11-11-2017, 06:14 PM   #3
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Looks 5 from those pics


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Old 11-11-2017, 06:23 PM   #4
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Old 11-11-2017, 08:49 PM   #5
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Watched him for an hour tonight and can't get him older than 5. I didn't want to sway opinions based on his horns. Here is the rest of him.





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Old 11-11-2017, 09:05 PM   #6
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I would agree with 5. Heís a beast
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Old 11-11-2017, 09:06 PM   #7
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Old 11-11-2017, 09:07 PM   #8
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Man it takes some discipline to let one like hat walk, but Iím in the 5 yo group too


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Old 11-11-2017, 09:08 PM   #9
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I'd say 5 too. Give him a few more years and he may bust 200"!
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:14 AM   #10
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Watched him for an hour?! That dude would have taken a dirt nap if it were me. If you let deer like that walk, I would love to see the monsters that get you excited enough to shoot. Kudos for the discipline!
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:46 AM   #11
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5.5

Would be dead for me bc 5.5 is my target age. But you hunt alot bigger place then me
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:47 AM   #12
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I don’t know your deer or where you are, but my first thought was 4.5
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:57 AM   #13
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I donít know your deer or where you are, but my first thought was 4.5
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:06 AM   #14
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That belly and back doesn't say 5 to me. he's 4 IMO
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:55 AM   #15
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wow, he's a great buck.. Kudos to letting him age, im not sure I could
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:15 PM   #16
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Looks 4.5 to me. Hard to tell with those picks


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Old 11-14-2017, 10:35 PM   #17
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4.5 to 5.5 not sure how big your place is , but i would wait a to see what he does in 2 years.
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Old 11-14-2017, 11:30 PM   #18
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Leaning more towards 4.5
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Old 11-14-2017, 11:51 PM   #19
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Is this high fence buck ?
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:31 AM   #20
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Is this high fence buck ?
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:32 AM   #21
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We decided to let him walk this year. Being fenced we can eliminate the risk of a neighbor shooting him. It's going to be a long 11 months.
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:34 AM   #22
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We decided to let him walk this year. Being fenced we can eliminate the risk of a neighbor shooting him. It's going to be a long 11 months.
Hope he survives and makes a big jump for y'all!
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:36 AM   #23
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I am leaning toward 4.5 also....FYI I let one very similar to that buck walk at 4.5 and I had him in the mid 170's....I took him the next year at 5.5 and he scored 207 and change....made the book with a net of 200.
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:42 AM   #24
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I'm not the best at aging deer, but I can't get him past 4.
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:44 AM   #25
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Ok I say 3.5 then
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:57 AM   #26
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Doesn't look very old to me.

Is it a high fence deer or low fence?


sorry just saw the other post about high fence.

I definately don't see him at 5 yrs old.
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:29 AM   #27
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Ive got pics somewhere that put him at 5-6 and seeing him in the flesh tells me 5. He has been easy to track the last two years due to his right brow tine always being curved. These are Texas hill country deer with some introduced Texas genetics about 10 years ago. 24/7 protein fed from mid December until Oct 1. We have released deer we have killed that were aged on the hoof and via teeth two years younger that they were.
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:47 AM   #28
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I don't think he is as old as you guys think he is. Take his antlers out of the picture and I am at 3-4. He is still tight through the belly, not much sway in this neck or back.
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Old 11-29-2017, 07:31 PM   #29
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Old 11-29-2017, 07:49 PM   #30
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What a beautiful buck! I see 4.5, looking at his knees he just doesn’t have the hair loss im used to seing on our hill country 5.5+. Tough one to pass though.
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:27 PM   #31
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Very tough to pass but I'm seeing 4.5 year old beast that I would've hated to pass! Being a high fence he'll come back bigger and he'll get another year of breading imo

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Old 11-29-2017, 08:27 PM   #32
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That's a stud, no matter how old he is
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:37 PM   #33
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:55 PM   #34
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:13 PM   #35
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:26 PM   #36
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I’m going with 4
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Old 11-29-2017, 11:40 PM   #37
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I'm not the best at aging deer, and I've had a real hard time with those Hill Country deer. I guessed 3.5. Anyone want to teach me a little something here? What shows you that buck is 4.5-5.5?

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Old 11-29-2017, 11:56 PM   #38
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I'm not the best at aging deer, and I've had a real hard time with those Hill Country deer. I guessed 3.5. Anyone want to teach me a little something here? What shows you that buck is 4.5-5.5?

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Hill country doesn't mean much when talking about high fence, protein and introduced genetics. At that point they are no longer Hill country deer. That changes the game completely. I'm not saying this deer has anything going for him other than a high fence but a 4.5 year old Wisconsin buck looks a little different than a swamp rat from down the Bayou. I would say this deer is 5 or 6 but would error on the side of caution with being high fence and would pass him this year and maybe next.


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