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Old 11-03-2019, 09:19 AM   #1
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Iíve looked around, but you guys tell me. At What age is a buck mature? Really speaking in terms of antler size, at what age generally speaking does a buck carry his best rack from your experiences?


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Old 11-03-2019, 09:23 AM   #2
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5 to 9, different from deer to deer. But if I had to specifically say a time period I'd say 6/7.
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Old 11-03-2019, 09:29 AM   #3
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6/7


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Old 11-03-2019, 09:29 AM   #4
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7/8
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Old 11-03-2019, 09:32 AM   #5
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Man, shows how much i know. I thought 6/7 plus antlers started going down hill


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Old 11-03-2019, 10:12 AM   #6
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Shooter at 5
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:24 AM   #7
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If it’s four years old in Wilson county, something is wrong with it.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:03 AM   #8
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4 is borderline. 5 is certainly mature.
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Old 11-03-2019, 02:10 PM   #9
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4 is borderline. 5 is certainly mature.
Protein, high-low fence, geographical area all play into it.
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Old 11-03-2019, 02:15 PM   #10
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Using a football analogy: consider the difference in defensive linemen in high school, college, and the NFL. High school is obviously juvenile and NFL is obviously mature. College? Wide range there and that is where your 4-6 yr old deer reside.
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Old 11-03-2019, 02:17 PM   #11
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According to biologist, depending on which one you talk to, 7-8 years of age a buck should express full antler potential. Exceptions to the rule are more than possible.
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Old 11-03-2019, 02:20 PM   #12
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Best rack is usually 6 r 7
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:24 PM   #13
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:27 PM   #14
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I was always told about 7 is the peak on average and they start declining after that. I'm sure there are tons of factors like others have said. I've been hunting East Tx my whole life and have only taken one buck that made it to 6.5.
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:36 PM   #15
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5 to 9, different from deer to deer. But if I had to specifically say a time period I'd say 6/7.


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Old 11-03-2019, 09:12 PM   #16
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Depends what kind of feed trough he is eating out of.
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Old 11-03-2019, 09:22 PM   #17
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5 to 9, different from deer to deer. But if I had to specifically say a time period I'd say 6/7.
I agree with this

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Old 11-04-2019, 08:37 AM   #18
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5 to 9, different from deer to deer.
FIFY

In the hill country I would say 7-10 is the peak of antler quality and body size but of course most never live that long in this region.
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Old 11-04-2019, 03:50 PM   #19
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Depends where you are. In our area of the hill country, it is undoubtedly 7 or 8 on average.
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Old 11-04-2019, 04:05 PM   #20
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i see great body and mass begin on a buck at 5-6 years. Don't know when they peak. Environmental conditions can cause this to vary on free range animals.
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Old 11-04-2019, 04:24 PM   #21
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We try to wait until 6 but it can be difficult at times to age perfect on the hoof.
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