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Old 04-04-2018, 10:00 AM   #1
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Default I'm scared to ask - age and score

I see some incredible bucks posted here and I know a lot are from high fences or areas that feed a lot of protein. My little 160 acres will never produce or see bucks like that but when I see a buck like this on my place I'm excited. This will be my buck next season.

I first saw him in late December 2015. He was around for a few weeks, only at night. We did not see him in 2016. He showed again in late December 2017 and came by nightly through February 18, 2018. He finally managed to stay past dawn and I was able to get some daylight pictures. He's going to be a hard one to get ahead of. I have pictures of several bucks that leave when he shows up. Other bucks are giving way to his path when they do come in. They constantly watch him.

So, what do you think of Christmas? What do you think he will age and score? The first picture is from December 31, 2017.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:01 AM   #2
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nice buck, hes mature ,good luck
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:01 AM   #3
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5.5 or 6
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:04 AM   #4
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Good Luck. He's a trophy to my way of thinking.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:05 AM   #5
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Looks 5.5+ in the first couple of pics. No real visible signs of knee wear makes me think he's not over 5.5 though.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:07 AM   #6
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:08 AM   #7
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Hes mature. i would build a short wired feed pen off the feeder and hand corn the heck out of it. he will come in daylight. Christmas may come early for you next year.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:09 AM   #8
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Score in the low 30's. Maybe mid. Pretty deer.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:12 AM   #9
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Hes mature. i would build a short wired feed pen off the feeder and hand corn the heck out of it. he will come in daylight. Christmas may come early for you next year.
This. And don't even hunt the area if your wind isn't right.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:39 AM   #10
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This. And don't even hunt the area if your wind isn't right.
I'm thinking wind and temperatures! He, like most of the mature ones, don't show up until the temps are cold by my standards.

I have a few mid December pics that several people said make them think he's much older, but he could be just worn down from the rut. In fact the first 3 pics look like he's a lot older - backbone, thin hips, etc. He's made a nice comeback.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:43 AM   #11
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I'm thinking wind and temperatures! He, like most of the mature ones, don't show up until the temps are cold by my standards.

I have a few mid December pics that several people said make them think he's much older, but he could be just worn down from the rut. He's made a nice comeback.
Yep. And if you see he is patterned to eat corn at night, try to set your throw times to keep as much corn as possible off the ground in the dark hours. Give him a reason to come out in the daylight. We're gonna get this guy on the ground for you.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:49 AM   #12
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Good looking buck I say he is 6 in those pics and pushing 140 ! Good luck getting on him next season!!
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:51 AM   #13
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Hand corn off of a trail to get him to coming in daylight that will probably be your best chance to get him good luck!
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:59 AM   #14
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6.5 low 130's
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Old 04-04-2018, 11:03 AM   #15
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7.5 and low 130s
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Old 04-04-2018, 11:05 AM   #16
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Great deer. 5 or 6. Probably go high 30s low 40s. He looks really good in those February pics. Good luck!
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Old 04-04-2018, 11:17 AM   #17
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Old 04-04-2018, 11:27 AM   #18
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Great deer! Do you know if he lives on you, or is he bedding on someone else?
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Old 04-04-2018, 12:38 PM   #19
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He's bedding on the neighbor's place, but the neighbor only has 125 acres. My neighbor is a gun hunter and he's happy to get a legal buck opening weekend. Then he's done. I suspect this buck is spending the spring - early fall about a mile away in the river bottoms with the wheat and corn fields. When the gun hunters start up, he, like most bucks moves into our area.

We are going to plant a 2 acre food plot this fall about 200 yards from where these pictures were taken. We are building a fence this month to keep the hogs out.
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Old 04-04-2018, 12:40 PM   #20
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Mature and Mid 130s
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Old 04-04-2018, 12:55 PM   #21
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Mature 135GBC
Might die of old age, if you dont get him soon.
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Old 04-04-2018, 01:04 PM   #22
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Mature 135GBC
Might die of old age, if you dont get him soon.
Yep post mature. Might be in the 40s with the 12pt frame.
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Old 04-04-2018, 01:47 PM   #23
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Post Mature and agree mid 130's

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Old 04-04-2018, 02:05 PM   #24
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6.5/138
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Old 04-04-2018, 02:25 PM   #25
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Old. Mid 130,s Had a buck like this. My son finally killed at 9.5 when he finally quit chasing foes and started coming to feeders.
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Old 04-06-2018, 07:50 AM   #26
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Yep post mature. Might be in the 40s with the 12pt frame.
Thank you. He definitely has 13 points, possibly a 14. 2 years ago he had 14 clear points.
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:05 AM   #27
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7 year old in first pic

5 year old do not have that sagging jaw line
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Old 04-06-2018, 10:03 AM   #28
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7 year old in first pic

5 year old do not have that sagging jaw line
Thats a fact. he may be ten. Not a five year old.
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Old 04-06-2018, 10:39 AM   #29
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I would bet he is older then 7.5 at a minimum last season. Looks like an old warrior.
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Old 04-06-2018, 10:12 PM   #30
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He is mature, maybe past his prime, probably just post rut wear down, score in the 140s maybe 50s, good beam length, decent tines, got a couple extra points that might push him to 150. Very nice buck
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Old 04-06-2018, 10:26 PM   #31
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This is where Im at too.
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Old 04-06-2018, 10:47 PM   #32
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Old man here 8.5+
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Old 04-07-2018, 10:26 AM   #33
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Old enough and big enough to make for a long wait till next season. Good luck.
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Old 04-07-2018, 10:31 AM   #34
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That is a nice, nice deer!! Take him without hesitation, as he 100% a mature deer.
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:19 PM   #35
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Old deer and I see an easy 140" there IMO
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:33 PM   #36
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he is sure an older buck; score...idk but I wouldn't pass him up if given a chance.
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Old 05-24-2018, 12:18 PM   #37
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Don't think just because you have a small place you can't get big bucks. This guy came off my 65 acres. I was at the right place and right time to take him. It wasn't under a feeder either. He was just walking down a path grazing when I got him.
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Old 05-25-2018, 11:21 AM   #38
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Wow! Nice buck!
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Old 05-25-2018, 11:37 AM   #39
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I would bet he is older then 7.5 at a minimum last season. Looks like an old warrior.
agree with Hunter, prolly 138-142'' as well....
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Old 05-25-2018, 07:37 PM   #40
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this is where im at too.
6.5 138
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Old 05-25-2018, 07:43 PM   #41
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Wall hanger. I hope you get him.
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Old 05-25-2018, 08:03 PM   #42
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Let him walk another year.
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Old 05-25-2018, 09:08 PM   #43
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post mature and mid 140's. he lacks tine length, but his frame is really good. score is irrelevant on a buck like that IMO. A buck with that age is a true trophy regardless of headgear. The good headgear is just a bonus! good luck getting him!
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Old 05-25-2018, 09:10 PM   #44
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post mature and mid 140's. he lacks tine length, but his frame is really good. score is irrelevant on a buck like that IMO. A buck with that age is a true trophy regardless of headgear. The good headgear is just a bonus! good luck getting him!
Agree. Think ancient does may be harder.................
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Old 05-30-2018, 07:52 AM   #45
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post mature and mid 140's. he lacks tine length, but his frame is really good. score is irrelevant on a buck like that IMO. A buck with that age is a true trophy regardless of headgear. The good headgear is just a bonus! good luck getting him!
I agree. Post mature bucks are special.
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:18 PM   #46
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6.5+ and 140ish
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Old 06-19-2018, 05:34 PM   #47
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