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Old 11-21-2020, 03:19 PM   #1
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Any tips on judging these? A buddy has a couple on his lease he invited me to and was asking, but I donít have a clue. I told him if it looked good to him let it rip.
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Old 11-21-2020, 03:39 PM   #2
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3 curls or more
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Old 11-21-2020, 03:56 PM   #3
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What TexasAg said. 3 curls and they are a shooter
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Old 11-21-2020, 04:37 PM   #4
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3 twist and 1/2 curl at top facing forward are shooters!!! I am watching this one.

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Old 11-21-2020, 04:41 PM   #5
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Landrover,

When will this buck’s hair turn from tan to mostly black?
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Old 11-21-2020, 04:46 PM   #6
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Landrover,

When will this buckís hair turn from tan to mostly black?
.....and that is why I am watching him.....lol!!! Mature ones jet black mostly but he is the biggest on the place. I am sure we have some residential experts on here.

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Old 11-21-2020, 04:50 PM   #7
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3 curl is a good one. Have also heard 3 ear lengths long. I believe their ears are 6-7 in long.

I will be at OX Ranch Monday for a BB among other things.
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Old 11-21-2020, 04:53 PM   #8
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This one is also from my lease....smaller....but still brownish. Could it be genetically driven?

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Old 11-21-2020, 05:09 PM   #9
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I just found one about that size dead on my ranch road a couple of hours ago. They love to fight and this one was about 3yrs old. Rough out there for them.

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Old 11-21-2020, 05:22 PM   #10
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Any tips on judging these? A buddy has a couple on his lease he invited me to and was asking, but I donít have a clue. I told him if it looked good to him let it rip.
The one Landrover posted a pic of is about 2.25 curls and around 17" long.
Mass and length make him a trophy. It usually takes 3+ curls to get 20 inches but that's not a rule..
Their ear is about 4.5 inches long. Use that as a gauge to determine approx. length. Males turn black with age..
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Old 11-21-2020, 05:53 PM   #11
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Dominant ones will turn black regardless of age


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Old 11-21-2020, 05:58 PM   #12
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The trick to judging them is shooting the first one that stands still.
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Old 11-21-2020, 08:05 PM   #13
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Thanks fellas I relayed the info now need to see if they’ll cooperate.
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Old 11-21-2020, 08:16 PM   #14
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Decide if you want length or curls , they don’t necessarily go together. The longest one we have shot was a hair over 25”. It didn’t have the most curls by a long shot. We have shot several 20” that were 4 curls and a few 22-23” that had below 4 curls. The dark
Color is a combination of dominance, age, time of year and genetics.
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Old 11-21-2020, 08:22 PM   #15
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What is their meat levels to each? How does compare to Axost?
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Old 11-21-2020, 08:22 PM   #16
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Look for one that’s jet black. He should be big enough to shoot
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Old 11-21-2020, 11:38 PM   #17
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Some have tighter curls (fewer inches per curl) than others. Counting curls doesn't really tell you anything. Like cantexduck said, length is length. When their horns are about the same length as their head/neck, like the ones pictured above, they're nice. But when the horns are obviously longer than their head/neck, it's a trophy.
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Old 11-22-2020, 12:52 AM   #18
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Was always told curls were a deal, but Iím not too knowledgeable with blackbuck either, but was lucky enough to hunt this guy last year. Beautiful animals for sure


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Old 11-22-2020, 09:07 AM   #19
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I always go by when the BB is feeding and has his head down, if it's horns don't come up past it's back, we wouldn't shoot. Whether or not that is something to go by, not sure but that's what I go by.

Like I always say though, if your happy with it and you're proud to shoot it, then by all means pull the trigger.

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Old 11-22-2020, 08:20 PM   #20
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[QUOTE=ttaxidermy;15269267]The one Landrover posted a pic of is about 2.25 curls and around 17" long.
Mass and length make him a trophy. It usually takes 3+ curls to get 20 inches but that's not a rule..
Their ear is about 4.5 inches long. Use that as a gauge to determine approx. length. Males turn black with age..[/QUOTE

Tim, do you see alot at your place in Brady now? 2 years ago my dad took me and the wife up and let her shoot a black buck next to your place. We had a heard of 15 in front of us when she shot hers.
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