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Old 09-05-2015, 12:56 PM   #1
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Have photos of this buck since he was a 2 year old 10 point in 2012. He's 5 this year and is one of our heaviest hitters at the protein and food plots. Last night I accidently ran across a card from 2013, when he was 3, so I decided to do a split screen. To call him a disappointment is being nice. I mean this is a buck that was one of those 2 year olds that you get excited about & try to protect. What do you think stops this buck from growing bigger antlers? Do you think he will blow up next year at 6? How long would you let a slow grower live/continue to feed on your well managed lease?

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Old 09-05-2015, 01:03 PM   #2
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If that was my place, I'd go ahead and shoot him. He's only grown a few inches in 2 years, doesn't make much sense to keep a feeder hog around if he's not growing. Just my 2 cents, though.
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Old 09-05-2015, 01:13 PM   #3
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If that was my place, I'd go ahead and shoot him. He's only grown a few inches in 2 years, doesn't make much sense to keep a feeder hog around if he's not growing. Just my 2 cents, though.
X2 I know a lot of times buck will start growing more antler once they hit 6.5 and 7.5 but that seems to be more of a south TX thing. I would go ahead and make a reservation in hotel eternity for this buck now.
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Old 09-05-2015, 01:15 PM   #4
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It depends what you are wanting to do with your place. I don't see him blowing up if that helps.
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Old 09-05-2015, 01:29 PM   #5
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Unless most of your 5 year olds are sporting better racks , I would let him walk.
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Old 09-05-2015, 01:32 PM   #6
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Deer stall all the time... And others blow up from no accounts... It's just another reason to use the wait and see approach when culling instead of persecuting native yearlings and 2 year olds based on performance.
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Old 09-05-2015, 02:04 PM   #7
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The majority of deer really blow up from 6-7 and that's the case pretty much everywhere. That's the age when the majority of the nutrition goes to antler production. I would give him at least another year.
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Old 09-05-2015, 02:10 PM   #8
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Yes he will or did.
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Old 09-05-2015, 04:34 PM   #9
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One thing you can be sure is if you kill him now he won't blow up. Give him another couple of years.
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Old 09-05-2015, 04:43 PM   #10
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What do yall think a 120" buck @ 5 is capable of in a "few years"? Based on 20" growth in the past 3 years... This is low fence.
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Old 09-05-2015, 04:54 PM   #11
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you also have consider what the chances are that we will have another good spring next year with plenty of rain. if he only grew incrementally after the spring we had this year i dont think you will get much more out of him.
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Old 09-05-2015, 05:31 PM   #12
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What do yall think a 120" buck @ 5 is capable of in a "few years"? Based on 20" growth in the past 3 years... This is low fence.
Not much... he's a pretty average 5 year old.
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Old 09-05-2015, 07:49 PM   #13
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Not much... he's a pretty average 5 year old.
Based on our general LF buck population, I would have to agree. If they havnt shown promise by 5, they usually don't turn on at all. He may throw on a kicker or an extra tine on somewhere (sorta like that bump he's putting on) but our native frames don't expand much past 5.5. This is also probably a 145/150# buck, live weight.

He won't be on the top of my radar so if he makes it to 6, he makes it. If the lease behind us get a peep at him, he will die. He's been lucky thus far. He's extremely nocturnal once season comes around. Has been seen 1 time in his life during daylight & that was out in a field with a doe during peak rut.
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Old 09-05-2015, 08:14 PM   #14
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Based on our general LF buck population, I would have to agree. If they havnt shown promise by 5, they usually don't turn on at all. He may throw on a kicker or an extra tine on somewhere (sorta like that bump he's putting on) but our native frames don't expand much past 5.5. This is also probably a 145/150# buck, live weight.

He won't be on the top of my radar so if he makes it to 6, he makes it. If the lease behind us get a peep at him, he will die. He's been lucky thus far. He's extremely nocturnal once season comes around. Has been seen 1 time in his life during daylight & that was out in a field with a doe during peak rut.
I'd hunt him just for his cape! He's beautiful. Love the white throat.

We don't get that here... (or haven't) we get distinct doubles... but not solids...
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Old 09-05-2015, 09:25 PM   #15
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Maybe he is a horn dog and runs himself ragged during the rut, and spends the first part of the spring build back up his body. Might not be the case but could be.....
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Old 09-06-2015, 01:41 AM   #16
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What do yall think a 120" buck @ 5 is capable of in a "few years"? Based on 20" growth in the past 3 years... This is low fence.
This. Shoot him, he is taking nutrition away from better bucks
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Old 09-06-2015, 02:05 AM   #17
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If that was my place, I'd go ahead and shoot him. He's only grown a few inches in 2 years, doesn't make much sense to keep a feeder hog around if he's not growing. Just my 2 cents, though.
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Old 09-06-2015, 10:45 AM   #18
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I have a deer like that this year. Almost identical 10 actually. Looked really impressive as a 3 year old. Now at 5+ he looks about the same (130" or so). This after two years of great rainfall and abundant food because the area he lives in is right beside thousands of acres of corn and soybeans and winter wheat. I too am on the fence about whether to pass him or not, and I won't be able to tell you what I'm going to do until he walks past me.
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Old 09-06-2015, 11:20 PM   #19
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If your reason for killing him is only because he is 5 yrs old and not a trophy, I would hold off. The older bucks (6+) tend to slow down around the rut as far as fighting goes and will usually put on better horns because of coming out of the rut in much better health. He could blow up next yr, I would give him a year he might surprise you.
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