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Old 10-08-2019, 09:51 PM   #1
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Hereís a buck from this season that I have no history with. Iíve tried looking back at last years pics and canít find him.
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Old 10-08-2019, 09:55 PM   #2
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I’m no expert, but maybe 4
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Old 10-08-2019, 09:55 PM   #3
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Nice wide and heavy 8.. I would guess 4.5
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:31 PM   #4
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At least 5.5 maybe 6.5
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:32 PM   #5
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Starting to get a belly on him. 4-5 years old
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:32 PM   #6
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5 or better
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:43 PM   #7
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At least 5.5 maybe 6.5


Neck just doesnít seem thick enough for older than 4.5.. but obviously this isnít close to rutty neck either with all that fuzz on his horns... another good reference I like to see is the size of the hocks and the wear on his front knees from getting up from his bed all these years. Thoughts?
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:45 PM   #8
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I hung the same area and think he is 6+. I would put that dude on the hit list!!!!
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:47 PM   #9
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:49 PM   #10
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Got any more pics?
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Old 10-08-2019, 10:52 PM   #11
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Older deer.
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Old 10-08-2019, 11:09 PM   #12
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Hill country genetics. Kill it..

Much better bone in the neighborhood........
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Old 10-08-2019, 11:26 PM   #13
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I'm thinking at least 5.5
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Old 10-08-2019, 11:31 PM   #14
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I’ll post a YouTube video(if I can figure that out) from opening weekend tomorrow sometime.
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Old 10-08-2019, 11:57 PM   #15
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Nice wide and heavy 8.. I would guess 4.5
my Guess too. right on
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Old 10-09-2019, 07:47 AM   #16
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Neck just doesnít seem thick enough for older than 4.5.. but obviously this isnít close to rutty neck either with all that fuzz on his horns... another good reference I like to see is the size of the hocks and the wear on his front knees from getting up from his bed all these years. Thoughts?
All excellent indicators of age. Except the neck and hocks won't be useful for another month give or take. He's got some sway in his back and a pretty good pot belly going on. He's also got a visible depression in his forehead which is also a good indicator. Just looking at his face in general he's not ancient but he's not young either.

Those long legs make him look younger. But different bucks have different body configurations so you can't always go by that. How they walk is another good indicator. Younger bucks have that smooth fluid gait. Older bucks have that choppy arthritic gait. Something you don't get with a still photo. Camera angles can change a lot of things as well. Aging off pictures is somewhat of a crapshoot at times.
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:18 AM   #17
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All excellent indicators of age. Except the neck and hocks won't be useful for another month give or take. He's got some sway in his back and a pretty good pot belly going on. He's also got a visible depression in his forehead which is also a good indicator. Just looking at his face in general he's not ancient but he's not young either.

Those long legs make him look younger. But different bucks have different body configurations so you can't always go by that. How they walk is another good indicator. Younger bucks have that smooth fluid gait. Older bucks have that choppy arthritic gait. Something you don't get with a still photo. Camera angles can change a lot of things as well. Aging off pictures is somewhat of a crapshoot at times.
Well said, Larry.
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:33 AM   #18
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Well said, Larry.


Agreed. Thanks for that!
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:34 AM   #19
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:50 AM   #20
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Alright, now watch this video and let me know your guesses. It sure changed my opinion.
https://youtu.be/rimg3aMxSbQ
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:51 AM   #21
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I think you need a more current hard horn pic to really age him. Its hard to age deer accurately in early August.
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:58 AM   #22
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Alright, now watch this video and let me know your guesses. It sure changed my opinion.
https://youtu.be/rimg3aMxSbQ
That dude is old, 6+ good target buck IMO.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:02 AM   #23
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i think hes 7+ based on the video
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:05 AM   #24
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He looks older in the video. Muscle tone isn't very tight like a thoroughbred, which starts giving way to mass and sagging at 5+. I'd guess 5-7, but he's a tough one with those long legs.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:08 AM   #25
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6 possibly older
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:08 AM   #26
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5 plus. Very solid deer for that area. He's a smart sucker to stay alive for that long.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:11 AM   #27
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That dude is old, 6+ good target buck IMO.
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:10 PM   #28
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neck skinny, doesn't even meet his brisket yet. 3.5years
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:38 PM   #29
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:44 PM   #30
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Yep more like 7.5
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:55 PM   #31
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Bump this back up, I know what I think, but I like hearing all of the different opinions. Look at the YouTube video if you haven’t yet, it’ll give you a better idea.
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:56 PM   #32
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Bump this back up, I know what I think, but I like hearing all of the different opinions. Look at the YouTube video if you havenít yet, itíll give you a better idea.
Any hard horned pics? Summer velvet is the hardest time to age
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:59 PM   #33
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5.5 with some kind of cancer growing in the front of his chest.
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:59 PM   #34
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:59 PM   #35
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Any hard horned pics? Summer velvet is the hardest time to age
Heís hard horn in the video. I donít have any hard horn pics of him.
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:17 PM   #36
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I’m still saying he is old, 6+. What do you think after the video? I think it confirms it.
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:19 PM   #37
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He look 5+ to me.
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:22 PM   #38
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Looks old in pic and video. 7+
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:39 PM   #39
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Iím still saying he is old, 6+. What do you think after the video? I think it confirms it.
A had a few trail camera pictures of him before season and was pretty sure that he was a 3-4 year old. I Couldnít find any pics from him from last year though so I wasnít 100% sure.
Fast forward to opening weekend and heís munching corn 15 yards from my bow blind. I can immediately tell by his brisket and shoulders heís older than I think. I watch him and video him for 15-20 minutes and have watched the video multiple times.
He doesnít have a neck to him, and his body is pretty small, but the brisket, shoulders, and face say he is a very old deer. I have no doubt heís 6+. Iím going to watch him once the rut hits and see how his hocks and neck look then. Iíll update when I get more video/pictures of him. I donít plan on shooting him, but may get one of my parents to if I still think heís as old as I think now.
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Old 10-09-2019, 04:58 PM   #40
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6 year old

Nice hill country buck
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:12 PM   #41
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OLD OLD in my opinion. 6.5+ this year easily
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:54 PM   #42
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:28 PM   #43
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Ooollldddd buck!
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Old 10-14-2019, 05:21 PM   #44
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Yup, I think heís old
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Old 10-14-2019, 07:18 PM   #45
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Yup, I think heís old


Wow.. ya heís in his golden years for sure.
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Old 10-14-2019, 07:23 PM   #46
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Wow, what a beautiful deer! Definitely mature in my book.
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Old 10-14-2019, 07:23 PM   #47
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He got off the ark with Noah.


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Old 10-14-2019, 07:58 PM   #48
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Old 10-14-2019, 08:51 PM   #49
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Old 10-14-2019, 08:56 PM   #50
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