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Old 09-23-2020, 07:29 AM   #1
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Going on my 5th year hunting the Hill Country, I can pretty easily judge between young, immature then mature deer. And for our place just sticking with shooting only mature is good enough. We donít feed protein and itís all low fence so I try to just be realistic. But I like to fine tune the best I can.

Whatís TBHís thoughts on the age of this buck? I want to make sure Iím on par.









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Old 09-23-2020, 07:43 AM   #2
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Looks like he's 3.5 at the very least. I would probably go with 4.5 and score somewhere around 140"

Definitely a mature buck in my opinion.
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Old 09-23-2020, 07:48 AM   #3
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I have pics of him last year also.
He’s definitely put on some body mass this year. Antlers got better too but I still think he has another year.

4 - 4.5 is what my gut says.
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Old 09-23-2020, 07:48 AM   #4
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4.5 and 133"
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Old 09-23-2020, 07:49 AM   #5
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I'll say he's 5. I would bust him if I were you!
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Old 09-23-2020, 07:52 AM   #6
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The night pictures make him look 5 to me but the day pics look 4. Either way I would give him a pass this year but it's your place.
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Old 09-23-2020, 07:55 AM   #7
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Prob 5, mid to high 20’s
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Old 09-23-2020, 08:10 AM   #8
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Him last year.





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Old 09-23-2020, 08:35 AM   #9
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Old 09-23-2020, 08:38 AM   #10
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High 120s. Its a good Hill Country buck.
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Old 09-23-2020, 08:48 AM   #11
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Where ya hunting? Looks a lot like where I hunt. I think is is 4.5
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Old 09-23-2020, 08:52 AM   #12
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Id say 4.5, If i new there was a low chance for him to be killed i might let him walk another year.
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Old 09-23-2020, 08:56 AM   #13
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Id say 4.5, If i new there was a low chance for him to be killed i might let him walk another year.
Thatís the kicker. I wanna give him another year. Hopefully he sticks to the script he has been following and doesnít go hopping fences.
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Old 09-23-2020, 10:40 AM   #14
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4.5.

No way he was older then 3.5 last year

Perfect cull! Shoot him
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Old 09-23-2020, 10:44 AM   #15
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cool looking feeder!
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Old 09-23-2020, 10:47 AM   #16
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He looked older until you posted last year's pics. That deer is 4.5.
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Old 09-23-2020, 11:12 AM   #17
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He looked older until you posted last year's pics. That deer is 4.5.
Yessir. Agreed
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Old 09-23-2020, 11:22 AM   #18
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slight chin flap - some belly - i think he's 4.5 or 5.5.
Looking at last years pic - i'd lean towards 4.5 this year.
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Old 09-23-2020, 12:00 PM   #19
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4 for sure..... especially after you provided last year’s pic.
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Old 09-23-2020, 05:25 PM   #20
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Old 09-23-2020, 05:32 PM   #21
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He’s mature
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Old 09-24-2020, 12:41 PM   #22
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Looks like 4.5 to me. maybe 3.5 but not older than 4.5
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Old 09-24-2020, 12:45 PM   #23
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Looks like a mature hill country deer 4/5 and I would say mid 20's.
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Old 09-25-2020, 02:56 PM   #24
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slight chin flap - some belly - i think he's 4.5 or 5.5.
Looking at last years pic - i'd lean towards 4.5 this year.
Same. Hard to tell sometimes
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Old 09-30-2020, 05:51 PM   #25
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Looks like 4.5 to me. maybe 3.5 but not older than 4.5
This! maybe mid 20s (short beams short brows) but has good potential. I’d definitely let him walk to see what he becomes at least another year.

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Old 09-30-2020, 05:54 PM   #26
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Looks 4.5 this year !
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Old 09-30-2020, 06:00 PM   #27
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With the addition of last years pictures, I'm 100% in the 4.5yr old group as well. Has the potential to be a hill country stud in a year or 2 or 3. I'd try to keep him around a while, but whack him if he gets you excited!
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Old 09-30-2020, 06:46 PM   #28
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Yours looked 5 till you posted last years pic. He's 4 for sure. I have some that did the same thing this year. Blanco county. These were 4 yr olds and this year as known 5 yr olds they looked like they skipped their 5th bdays and look 6 body wise. Has been a good year in the hill country for horn growth....
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Old 09-30-2020, 06:51 PM   #29
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Yours looked 5 till you posted last years pic. He's 4 for sure. I have some that did the same thing this year. Blanco county. These were 4 yr olds and this year as known 5 yr olds they looked like they skipped their 5th bdays and look 6 body wise. Has been a good year in the hill country for horn growth....
The grass and browse is a lot greener than Iíve seen on our place in the passed five years. The bodies look healthy, antlers are hit and miss depending on the buck though. But we also donít supplement
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Old 09-30-2020, 07:00 PM   #30
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3 or 4.
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Old 10-07-2020, 09:36 AM   #31
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tight belly. long face. 3
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Old 10-08-2020, 08:36 AM   #32
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Old 10-17-2020, 02:02 PM   #33
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Few recents of him. Heís being pretty consistent at the feeders. Hope he keeps that up and stays in this area like he had been and next year he may be more of a target.


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Old 10-17-2020, 03:16 PM   #34
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Where in Gillespie County are you hunting. Looks similar to my old lease
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Old 10-27-2020, 10:42 AM   #35
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I think hes 3.5 last year, 4.5 this year. definitely good genetics in him
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Old 10-27-2020, 10:54 AM   #36
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Where in Gillespie County are you hunting. Looks similar to my old lease
Same looks like the same place/area I am on for last few years. PM if needed
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:15 AM   #37
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Initial pictures arenít the best but pretty sure this is him this year. Looks like he may not have done much if not regressed a bit.

Thoughts?






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Old 10-12-2021, 09:01 AM   #38
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My question now is…is he 5 or was he 2 in the 2019 pics and now he’s just 4?

I want to lean more towards a 5
Year old. From the rest of the herd what I’m seeing is a decent jump from 3-4 rather than 2-3. I honestly did not expect for him to taper off though.

Body wise he’s definitely one of the healthier bucks in the pasture though.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:17 AM   #39
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I think he's the same buck. Sometimes they regress for no apparent reason. The buck I shot last year was an 8 after a main frame 11 the year before. I think the buck is mature and would bust him.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:32 AM   #40
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I always felt like hill country deer tended to look younger than they actually were, which I attributed to their smaller body sizes.

That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if he is 5.5.
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Old 10-12-2021, 10:34 AM   #41
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They’re definitely tougher to read than some places. I feel like I’ve gotten better with it than 5-6 years ago but I still question myself occasionally.
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Old 10-12-2021, 11:14 AM   #42
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4-5. Nice deer!
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Old 10-12-2021, 11:21 AM   #43
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just to be different, I say 4.25!
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Old 10-12-2021, 11:22 AM   #44
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4-5. Nice deer!
Did you happen to see the previous season pictures. I bumped this thread from last season, now have 3 years worth of pictures of him.
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Old 10-13-2021, 07:35 AM   #45
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nice deer
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Old 10-16-2022, 05:42 PM   #46
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Gonna bump this back up.
Below are the cliff note pictures of this particular buck. Last year he seemed to take a dipÖ which made me think older if he was older than I thought to begin with.



The following pics are him this year. Definitely shrunk but body is still healthy considering the year we had.






Curious what yíall think he was age initially was all this time now.


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Old 10-16-2022, 05:55 PM   #47
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Gonna bump this back up.
Below are the cliff note pictures of this particular buck. Last year he seemed to take a dip… which made me think older if he was older than I thought to begin with.



The following pics are him this year. Definitely shrunk but body is still healthy considering the year we had.






Curious what y’all think he was age initially was all this time now.


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Been a tough year for deer in the hill country. They tried to eat us out of house and home. Just a little over 4” of rain has fallen in ‘22 in our pastures. The deer were looking slim despite protein feeding until the acorns dropped. That put some fat on them. Some bucks made jumps and some maintained/regressed a bit. I’d roll the dice and try him next year as a 6 year old if it were my place my feeder.
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Old 10-16-2022, 08:08 PM   #48
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It was a tough year. So I give em that.

Bare minimum this dude is 6 this year. I just can’t make him 5 any day of the week. This is the fourth year I have him documented on camera.
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Old 10-16-2022, 09:57 PM   #49
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It was a tough year. So I give em that.

Bare minimum this dude is 6 this year. I just canít make him 5 any day of the week. This is the fourth year I have him documented on camera.
My mistake, I meant to put 7 in the post above. Hunt him next year as a 7 year old was my intention. Good luck with either way with whatever you decide to do, age on a buck is just as attractive as his antler size to me.
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Old 10-16-2022, 10:34 PM   #50
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That buck looks young.
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