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Old 10-06-2017, 04:23 PM   #1
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I had this buck come out last weekend and I passed on him. I just didn't think he was at 13". What do y'all think? He is a 5x6 and both G2's fork. its hard to tell in the pictures but he does. Please age and score.

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Old 10-06-2017, 04:27 PM   #2
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5.5-6.5 yrs old just outside the ears 13.5 -14 inches minimum.
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Old 10-06-2017, 04:37 PM   #3
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looks like an older deer, makes AR.
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Old 10-06-2017, 04:52 PM   #4
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Id guess 14+
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:08 PM   #5
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He's wide enough.
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:11 PM   #6
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Agreed
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:12 PM   #7
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5.5-6.5 14 wide
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:14 PM   #8
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I don't think there is any problem with him being 13".
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:17 PM   #9
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:17 PM   #10
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Mature. 5.5-6.5 and definitely 13+
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:18 PM   #11
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I don't think there is any problem with him being 13".
I'm in a Restricted county. Just trying to play by the rules.
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:26 PM   #12
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That’s a mature 140” deer. 14+ spread
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:27 PM   #13
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I agree with all above. I think he's closer to 15 tha. 13, I'll go with 14.5 inside. And he is old enough, I'd shoot him
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:28 PM   #14
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He's legal and most game wardens wouldn't write you a ticket for just being under on a mature deer, I wouldn't think

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Old 10-06-2017, 05:37 PM   #15
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I'm in a Restricted county. Just trying to play by the rules.
I still hate this. Population control of deer verses trophy hunting. I like big racks, who doesn't? But at the end of the day I care more about delicious venison. I always look for the biggest bodied deer and have taken wider inside spread because the buck I wanted to shoot was going to be illegal... even when it was the "bigger" deer. If bucks need to get older in any area to help population, regulate to doe only. After a few seasons they'll be more deer. It's not guaranteed they we all be 20+ inch spread no matter how old they get. Stepping down. Just still not a fan of AR.

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Old 10-06-2017, 05:39 PM   #16
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If he's ear tip to ear tip then 14-15 inches
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:48 PM   #17
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Agree with all above. mature deer ears are more than 13 inches tip to tip in almost all cases. If he were a 3 year old I would not shoot him but at this age, yes i would. Had one like that the first year of the 13 inch rule and he went 14.5 after I debated him a few times.

As to ARs I will say I see lots more bucks at the lease not than before the rule went in. places 100 to 300 acres around my 140 acres that were over hunted and most bucks never saw 2 years of age.
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:58 PM   #18
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He's legal! And mature! 5.5
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:00 PM   #19
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I'm agreeing with bjsexpress. Just not a fan of AR, but you can't expect all hunters to go by the age rule or even understand it... The deer is most likely legal, I understand why you are asking and I would NEVER try to gamble that some warden may not mind as long as he is old. My VERY limited experience has told me they don't take into account anything that is not in print. Just my mileage. I will say I would probably shoot the buck if he got into range.
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:01 PM   #20
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BTW I hope you get another chance at him, he is really nice, AND mature.
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:02 PM   #21
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I would say closer to 6.5 and 14.5" definitely meets AR. Choot 'em
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:12 PM   #22
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14" no doubt in my mind,. 5.5 plus yrs
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:20 PM   #23
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I think I would of shot him no matter what
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Old 10-06-2017, 08:08 PM   #24
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This is the same buck last year. He started out at my cousins place about 2 miles up the road. I thought he looked a lot younger last year
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:25 PM   #25
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IMO...send an arrow in his direction. Old enough and wide enough.
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Old 10-06-2017, 11:17 PM   #26
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6
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Old 10-06-2017, 11:32 PM   #27
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Old 10-06-2017, 11:55 PM   #28
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I agree with everyone else. About 14-15" and at least 5.5.
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Old 10-07-2017, 12:35 AM   #29
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No question he is legal! AR is the only reason you have opportunities at bucks like this in lots of places. Best thing that ever happened to Easttexas. Gives people a chance at shooting better bucks without paying a ton of $ to do so!

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Old 10-07-2017, 02:13 AM   #30
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14 -15 inches
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Old 10-07-2017, 04:34 AM   #31
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4.5 14" right around 130"
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:35 AM   #32
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Old and wide enough! Shooter


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Old 10-07-2017, 06:36 AM   #33
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Hope I get the opportunity. I have not seen him on my trail cam since that day. ��
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:26 AM   #34
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Shoot him! I guess 14"
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:27 AM   #35
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14"+.... Definitely mature!
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:48 AM   #36
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Woulda been dead on sight had I been there


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Old 10-07-2017, 02:16 PM   #37
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Shoulda flung one at him hes 14" and older deer.
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Old 10-07-2017, 02:29 PM   #38
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6 128 - 134 probably 15 wide
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Old 10-07-2017, 03:32 PM   #39
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I will be the odd ball. He is just under 13". Just my $.02. Let us know!!!
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Old 10-07-2017, 05:26 PM   #40
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He is wide enough, I think he is youngish
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:54 PM   #41
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Mature deer are bigger so if the antlers are at the ear tips, more than likely he is wider than 13 inches.
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Old 10-09-2017, 08:20 PM   #42
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I had this buck come out last weekend and I passed on him. I just didn't think he was at 13". What do y'all think? He is a 5x6 and both G2's fork. its hard to tell in the pictures but he does. Please age and score.

Thank you
You said he was 5x6 that means he is legal. There is a clause that no one really sees and that a deer that does not make AR, but has 6 or more points on one side is a legal deer.

Scroll about half way down the page.

https://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/lan..._restrictions/

I am wrong, I am sorry. It is only in certain counties they were testing this.

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Old 10-09-2017, 08:36 PM   #43
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14"+
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Old Today, 11:08 AM   #44
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I'm sick to my stomach... this buck was hit and killed on the road about 1/4 mile up the road from me this morning. I had the perfect shot on him and passed bc I didn't think he met AR
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Well dadgummit!!!
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Old Today, 11:21 AM   #46
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I'm sick to my stomach... this buck was hit and killed on the road about 1/4 mile up the road from me this morning. I had the perfect shot on him and passed bc I didn't think he met AR
Thank really sucks, sorry to hear and you passed on him. I'd passed too if I were unsure of the AR in your area. Keep after others and good luck!
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I'm sick to my stomach... this buck was hit and killed on the road about 1/4 mile up the road from me this morning. I had the perfect shot on him and passed bc I didn't think he met AR
What was the spread measurement?
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What was the spread measurement?
I'm going to stop by on my way home and check him out
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Lol so would it be illegal if I chained his head to the fence let nature take its course and come back for him??
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