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Old 11-02-2020, 12:55 PM   #1
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Ok, I have 2 bucks I'm on the fence about. One of them has a broken brow tine and the other is just a main frame 8. I'm trying to figure out the age on them and whether to let them live another year. I'm in a very heavily hunted area in East Texas, but am curious as to your thoughts on age and if I should harvest either of these deer. Or take my chances and let them walk?
I'm gonna separate the deer into 2 posts.

The broke brow deer is first
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Old 11-02-2020, 12:57 PM   #2
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Here is the main frame 8
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Old 11-02-2020, 01:09 PM   #3
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The first buck is young, I would pass him. The second buck is mature and definitely worth shooting
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Old 11-02-2020, 01:11 PM   #4
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Yep. Pass on the first buck and try to get on the second one. First buck is just a 3 yo. Second one is mature.
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Old 11-02-2020, 01:18 PM   #5
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I agree. Shoot the mainframe 8 and let the first one pass
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Old 11-02-2020, 01:25 PM   #6
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Echoing others remarks. Bust that main 8!
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Old 11-02-2020, 01:33 PM   #7
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What age estimate would you put on the 8?
Also do you think he will break 120?
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Old 11-02-2020, 01:40 PM   #8
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Yep. Pass on the first buck and try to get on the second one. First buck is just a 3 yo. Second one is mature.
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Old 11-02-2020, 01:57 PM   #9
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Same as above
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Old 11-02-2020, 02:04 PM   #10
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Pass #1 but #2 looks like he has plenty of age to me
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Old 11-02-2020, 09:48 PM   #11
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Love a good mainframe 8
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Old 11-03-2020, 06:15 PM   #12
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Man that first buck will be a stud in a few years, but that second buck I would have a hard time passing.
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Old 11-12-2020, 11:31 AM   #13
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Do what makes you happy. However, don’t shoot a buck just because you think your neighbors might. If everyone did that, no deer would make it.
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Old 11-12-2020, 11:38 AM   #14
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Really good 8 I’m gonna say score about 120 I hunt Tyler County and they can get bigger but he’s mature and that’s a good average deer to be proud of Ha especially if you get him in the day light hrs.
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Old 11-12-2020, 04:34 PM   #15
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Let both go if you want to risk it. I guess depends more on the pressure where you are at.

But if having to choose what to do RIGHT NOW, let (1st) one walk and bust the (2nd) one.
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Old 11-12-2020, 05:42 PM   #16
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I am with the majority.
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Old 11-12-2020, 09:55 PM   #17
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Agreed, pass the first and shoot the second!
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Old 11-12-2020, 10:01 PM   #18
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Here is the main frame 8
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