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Old 12-26-2017, 08:35 PM   #1
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Hi guys. Saw this buck on the 12/22 evening hunt and passed on him but I am now having second thoughts.

I think he is 3.5 and would like to give him another year.

We are trying our best to let the deer reach 4.5.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Old 12-26-2017, 08:38 PM   #2
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Looks like a rutted down 4.5+ yr old.

Lots of potential. I would still consider it a good pass however it would be hard for me too.
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Old 12-26-2017, 08:38 PM   #3
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Good pass, may not even be 3.5

Edit.. I'd bet he's 3.5
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Old 12-26-2017, 08:40 PM   #4
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Some pictures of him
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Old 12-26-2017, 08:41 PM   #5
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Separating 3.5s from 4.5s is the hardest for me, but looking at his tarsals and neck/chest line, that buck could very well be 4.5. Good luck either way.
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Old 12-26-2017, 09:05 PM   #6
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Hi guys. Saw this buck on the 12/22 evening hunt and passed on him but I am now having second thoughts.

I think he is 3.5 and would like to give him another year.

We are trying our best to let the deer reach 4.5.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

https://youtu.be/p0m0mGyiD7I


I’m having the same dilemma with an identical buck. Actually hunted him this morning and this evening with no luck. Part of me says 3.5 but part of me says 4.5 (maybe just because I’d really like to put a tag on him lol)




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Old 12-26-2017, 09:07 PM   #7
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The older the bigger rack they get. Patience grasshopper
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Old 12-26-2017, 09:16 PM   #8
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At least 4.5 but it doesn’t hurt to pass most times anyway

This time of year is really tough if you don’t have history with them. I have one that looked similar could have easily been seen as 4.5 but my history with him showed he was a minimum 6.5 but likely at least 7.5 since he looked identical in body for the previous 3 years

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Old 12-26-2017, 09:17 PM   #9
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Im having the same dilemma with an identical buck. Actually hunted him this morning and this evening with no luck. Part of me says 3.5 but part of me says 4.5 (maybe just because Id really like to put a tag on him lol)




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At least 4.5
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Old 12-26-2017, 09:17 PM   #10
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Good pass you can grow some pretty good size bucks in Coleman county if you give them the age and if that is where you are hunting?
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Old 12-26-2017, 09:19 PM   #11
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Good pass you can grow some pretty good size bucks in Coleman county if you give them the age and if that is where you are hunting?


I am hunting in Comanche county on 240 acres low fence. I need to update my profile.
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Old 12-26-2017, 09:24 PM   #12
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Aggie, I think your deer is 3.5 and could be younger (maybe). He's still got long looking legs and an under developed skeletal structure.

Sleepy, I think your deer has a more developed skeletal structure and might be 4.5.
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Old 12-26-2017, 09:24 PM   #13
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To add more info to the story, a different buck (in pics below) was killed by my FIL around thanksgiving. We were pretty sure he was 4.5 but his teeth seemed to show 3.5. He looks to be the same age as the buck I passed based on neck and body.







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Old 12-26-2017, 09:27 PM   #14
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To add more info to the story, a different buck (in pics below) was killed by my FIL around thanksgiving. We were pretty sure he was 4.5 but his teeth seemed to show 3.5. He looks to be the same age as the buck I passed based on neck and body.







I can see 3.5 on that one
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:50 AM   #15
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Only a few more weeks of season, let him go to next year and see what he does.
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Old 12-27-2017, 04:22 AM   #16
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I think he was 4.5 or possibly 5.5

No matter what, it was a good pass as you were in doubt
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:12 AM   #17
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Wow!!what a great lookin buck. Would b very hard for me to pass too, but think you made good choice. Next season he's gonna b bigger and better. WOW!!!
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Old 12-27-2017, 06:44 AM   #18
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If you felt the need to pass him up and let him grow then I think you made the right decision.

Hopefully you will be rewarded
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Old 12-27-2017, 07:31 AM   #19
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Nice bucks
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Old 12-27-2017, 08:41 AM   #20
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Sleepy - Your buck looks 4.5 to me...
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Old 12-27-2017, 11:23 AM   #21
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Good pass! He will be a really good buck in the next year or two.
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Old 12-27-2017, 11:42 AM   #22
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Good pass.....He will be better next year..

Sleepy, I think your buck is 4.5
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Old 12-27-2017, 12:02 PM   #23
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Agreed. Good pass!
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Old 12-27-2017, 12:10 PM   #24
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I think you made a good decision. Don't keep second guessing yourself but instead look to see what he becomes next year.
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Old 12-27-2017, 12:37 PM   #25
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Good pass, wait until you see him next year. Nice buck though.
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Old 12-27-2017, 01:02 PM   #26
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If you have to ask yourself if he's big or old enough he usually isn't. When the right one steps out you'll know. Give him another year or two
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Old 12-27-2017, 08:49 PM   #27
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Thanks guys. Hopefully he grows into a monster next year. We have the genetic potential if he can survive the neighbors and come back next yesr
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Old 12-28-2017, 01:56 PM   #28
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It will stick with you for a while but it never hurts to pass on a 3.5- 4.5 year old let him spread genetics and get bigger.
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Old 12-29-2017, 01:32 PM   #29
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Hi guys. Saw this buck on the 12/22 evening hunt and passed on him but I am now having second thoughts.

I think he is 3.5 and would like to give him another year.

We are trying our best to let the deer reach 4.5.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

https://youtu.be/p0m0mGyiD7I
Well, he is the boss.

Heck of a deer
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