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Old 10-20-2020, 10:33 AM   #1
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I finally put one down with a bow after 2 years of actually putting in some work. I got this one in public land. I have had a bow for about 7 years but havenít been serious about it until last year.

I got this one on public land at about 30 yards. It wasnít a great shot, liver and clipped a lung but it was a bit high and didnít have a blood trail at all. Luckily he only went 50 yards. Took about an hour to find him though because he ran into a thicket.

What do yíall think on age? Thereís a wildlife biologist who works at the place that aged him by teeth after I brought him in. I feel like the picture is a perfect example of why aging a deer by photo can be misleading.
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:36 AM   #2
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Can't upload. Not sure why...
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:44 AM   #3
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Can't really age a deer accurately by a laying down dead pic, but very nice buck. Congratulations!
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:48 AM   #4
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I’m guessing 3 years old. Nice deer.
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:50 AM   #5
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Not sure on age from that pic but congrats on your first bowkill!
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:50 AM   #6
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Nice looking buck. Congratulations on getting your first!
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:52 AM   #7
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U done good sir!!!! I say 3.5 but that is without knowing what part of the state u hunt. More importantly........huge congratulations!!!

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Old 10-20-2020, 10:54 AM   #8
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Wow! Way to go!! That first one with a bow is always special! And you got a good one to boot!
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:55 AM   #9
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I'm going to say 3 as well. Awesome job!!!!
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:57 AM   #10
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He is as old as he is going to get. Congratulations!
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Old 10-20-2020, 11:02 AM   #11
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Congrats on a dandy buck and your first bow kill !!!!!!
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Old 10-20-2020, 11:11 AM   #12
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Very nice! Where were you hunting?
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Old 10-20-2020, 11:12 AM   #13
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Congrats.
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Old 10-20-2020, 11:22 AM   #14
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Nice buck congratulations
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Old 10-20-2020, 11:30 AM   #15
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Nice one!Congrats
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Old 10-20-2020, 11:31 AM   #16
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Congrats to ya

No real guess on age from that pic
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Old 10-20-2020, 11:54 AM   #17
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Thanks everybody. I was pretty excited about. I’ll post up a picture we got of him on camera.

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Old 10-20-2020, 11:55 AM   #18
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Old 10-20-2020, 12:16 PM   #19
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Nice buck, congrats
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Old 10-20-2020, 12:28 PM   #20
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Nice buck! Congrats.
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Old 10-20-2020, 12:33 PM   #21
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Waydago! That’s a heck of a first
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Old 10-20-2020, 12:43 PM   #22
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Congrats! I'm going to go with 5.5
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Old 10-20-2020, 01:03 PM   #23
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Congrats! Very Nice!
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Old 10-20-2020, 01:06 PM   #24
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Great buck. Congrats.
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Old 10-20-2020, 01:10 PM   #25
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Congrats, nice shooting
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Old 10-20-2020, 01:13 PM   #26
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Who cares about age... THAT'S a NICE buck!! Major Congratulations to you sir for stickin' with it... There's nothing like that natural high that comes with getting that close to a wild animal and killing it with the old stick n string!! That's a VERY fine start to your bowhunting career!!



The live shots makes the deer look in the 4-5 year old range, but again, other than information, that's just a statistic... The Kill is what it's all about!!
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Old 10-20-2020, 01:14 PM   #27
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Congrats on a public land trophy! Not an easy task!
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Old 10-20-2020, 01:15 PM   #28
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Congrats! Nice 4 year old buck.
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Old 10-20-2020, 01:37 PM   #29
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Very nice buck!
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Old 10-20-2020, 03:21 PM   #30
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Congratulations on the first of many. I can promise one thing, he won't get any older.

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Old 10-20-2020, 04:30 PM   #31
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Congrats


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Old 10-20-2020, 04:54 PM   #32
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Congrats on a hard earned buck !
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Old 10-20-2020, 05:01 PM   #33
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Congrats. Has a belly and brisket, back is still straight. I say 5-6 max. Teeth aging isn't an exact science, deerage.com will work their magic for a few bucks!
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Old 10-20-2020, 05:07 PM   #34
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You’re hooked now! Congrats!
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Old 10-20-2020, 05:09 PM   #35
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Congrats on a well earned deer. kill shot has him looking very young compared to the trail cam.
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Old 10-20-2020, 05:19 PM   #36
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Congrats on the kill. Thats a great trophy.

Ill guess 5 on the age.


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Old 10-20-2020, 05:31 PM   #37
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Nice buck! Congrats!
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Old 10-21-2020, 10:39 AM   #38
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Thanks again everyone! Still can't believe how much fun that was. I have enjoyed hunting with a bow more than hunting with a rifle and I think I plan to stick to the bow only this year.

There was a wildlife biologist who works on the WMA. He aged him by teeth at 6.5. They take measurements and age every deer taken off the property. He actually said that it could have been 7.5. Antler development has not been good according to the biologist.

My goal was to shoot a mature buck. I just thought it looked really young in the picture we took after we found him. I guess you can't always go by a picture.
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Old 10-21-2020, 03:07 PM   #39
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Awesome buck nice work
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Old 10-21-2020, 03:14 PM   #40
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6-7 maybe older

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Old 10-21-2020, 03:17 PM   #41
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Congratulations!
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Old 10-21-2020, 03:58 PM   #42
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As old as he's going to get! Great buck, congrats!
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Old 10-21-2020, 04:57 PM   #43
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Very nice buck for your first or your 50th bow critter. Congratulations on putting in all the effort for such a great reward. I'll bet your heart was pounding when it got to be go time.
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Old 10-21-2020, 06:07 PM   #44
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He is mature. Heck of a buck! Congrats on a very nice first!
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Old 10-21-2020, 06:13 PM   #45
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congrats, you're hooked!
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Old 10-21-2020, 06:27 PM   #46
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Nice first buck.

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Old 10-21-2020, 06:41 PM   #47
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Awesome first buck!
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Old 10-21-2020, 06:44 PM   #48
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Congrats! My first impression is 5 years old. Would love to see the teeth. Can you take a pic from above of the lower jaw?
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Old 10-21-2020, 06:45 PM   #49
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Congratulations, nice deer. Only went 50 yards, on public land, 30 yard shot, all add up to a great hunting story for your first bowhunting deer.
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Old 10-21-2020, 07:07 PM   #50
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Congratulations on your first bow buck and welcome to our addiction.
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