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Old 10-02-2017, 05:19 PM   #1
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Those were the parting words of encouragement I received my 6 year old son before I left the house on Friday morning. I had told him the night before that I'd save a doe tag for our trip in December so we could shoot one together; at the time he was good with the plan, but he must have realized overnight that it'd be more fun to be in the stand when Daddy shot a buck!

I had this Mason County deer at my feeder for 20 minutes on Sunday morning, thought more than once about airing him out but figured he'd be a good cull buck to take with my boy sitting right beside me! He was still in his bachelor group, I had the other two easily at 2.5 & 3.5 but I'm having a hard time placing this guy. My gut tells me he's only 4.5 but he's also the oldest deer I've seen in person on the place so possibly 5.5 but I can't get him any older than that.

He won't score well, but his frame is atypical for the area and he's got a lot of character. Would make a neat euro with a cool story behind him if I could seal the deal with my son in tow! Interested to hear yall's thoughts on his age, he's hitting a feeder near a road so I don't have high hopes that he'll make it another year. If given the opportunity someone on our lease will likely ground check him before the season is up.

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Old 10-02-2017, 05:22 PM   #2
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Should have thrown this one in on the first post for those who are gonna through the score guess out too!

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Old 10-02-2017, 06:43 PM   #3
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I think heís at least a 5 year old, thatís quite a belly for a Mason deer.
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Old 10-02-2017, 06:49 PM   #4
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He will eat well
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Old 10-02-2017, 07:35 PM   #5
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I'm thinking at least 5.5, but leaning older
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Old 10-02-2017, 07:38 PM   #6
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My first thoughts were post mature.
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Old 10-02-2017, 07:41 PM   #7
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I hunt in Mason county too...
I think he's 5.5
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Old 10-02-2017, 07:47 PM   #8
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I think 5.5 from my years in San Saba county.
I hope he hangs around for y'all

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Old 10-02-2017, 08:07 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the replies fellas, I've hunted out on this place for 3 years now as a guest and usually at the end of the season. I haven't seen many deer out there that are in his age class; I'm sure some of that has to do with my timing getting out there, but it's a small property and all the neighbors hunt. I think the only reason this one has lived so long is that he's a mainframe 7 instead of a 10, I'm hoping he makes it til the end of the season. It's been a long time since I've killed a buck and he's certainly mature enough to make me want to cut out some dates on a tag!

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Old 10-05-2017, 10:39 AM   #10
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Just out of curiosity, what broadhead is that? It is wicked looking.
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Old 10-05-2017, 04:33 PM   #11
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Vantage Point Archery (VPA) 3-Blades. They're holdovers from when I strictly hunted with traditional equipment. 175 grains and 1 1/8" cutting diameter, easy to get shaving sharp and the steel holds an edge well.
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Old 10-05-2017, 07:03 PM   #12
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Definitely mature. Really not a bad deer for the Hill Country. Has some pretty long beams.
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Old 10-05-2017, 08:16 PM   #13
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5.5 if not older. Great management deer
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