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Old 10-16-2019, 11:12 AM   #1
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140-150lb Hill Country 8 scored 132Ē whatís the GS age opinions....




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Old 10-16-2019, 11:14 AM   #2
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:48 AM   #3
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Ehh not a 'jawbone-age' fan personally; too many variables. Any pics of the deer alive?
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:54 AM   #4
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5 1/2
Did you not get the memo about just using whole numbers Jeff?
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:56 AM   #5
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:15 PM   #6
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Hereís a little more info to work with.....



This is him before being killed this past weekend...

Iím trying to learn as much about these Hill Country deer as possible!


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Old 10-16-2019, 12:15 PM   #7
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Ehh not a 'jawbone-age' fan personally; too many variables. Any pics of the deer alive?

Then why the need to respond?? Everyone knows it is not a perfect science, but it will dang sure get you close and help in the building of one's knowledge base...


OP, I agree with the others, that it is a mature deer in the range of 5 1/2 years old.
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:15 PM   #8
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Looks 4 to me, most aging by teeth alone is worthless though.
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:25 PM   #9
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OP, any other pics of him broadside? He looks like a skinny guy to me, but they usually are in the hill country. No older than 5.5 IMO in that picture.

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Then why the need to respond?? Everyone knows it is not a perfect science, but it will dang sure get you close and help in the building of one's knowledge base...


OP, I agree with the others, that it is a mature deer in the range of 5 1/2 years old.
Because I felt like I had an opinion to share and also have experience with hill country deer He's curious on the age, I asked to see pics on the hoof. I'll run my post by you next time though

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Old 10-16-2019, 12:27 PM   #10
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I would lean toward 5
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:40 PM   #11
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:42 PM   #12
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:43 PM   #13
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Hard to tell from just one pic, and I am not a jaw expert.

It does look like an old face to me, but not enough information for me to be definitive.
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:44 PM   #14
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Did you not get the memo about just using whole numbers Jeff?


Oops I forgot.


He's a skinny, pre rut, hill country 5 year old
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:03 PM   #15
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Looking at the pic I would have said 4. Looking at the teeth 5.
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:09 PM   #16
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4 tops imo
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:11 PM   #17
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As a general rule, deer in the hill country are usually about a year older than their appearance suggests as their bodies are just smaller, etc. Obviously there are exceptions, but that's a guideline.

I'd also guess that buck at 5.
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:11 PM   #18
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:17 PM   #19
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Then why the need to respond?? Everyone knows it is not a perfect science, but it will dang sure get you close and help in the building of one's knowledge base...


OP, I agree with the others, that it is a mature deer in the range of 5 1/2 years old.
Charlie did you get your coffee this morning?
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:35 PM   #20
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Charlie did you get your coffee this morning?
Yea, but then I opened that dang saltwater fishin' thread!!
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Old 10-16-2019, 06:28 PM   #21
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Being that Iím fairly new to the Hill Country hunting game....less than 5yrs, I really appreciate all of you guys input. Iím from Louisiana and have spent my whole life hunting Mississippi River deer, which is an entirely different ballgame! I feel like Iím a fairly skilled hunter and a pretty decent judge of age on deer, but man these Hill Country deer puzzle me!....I havenít quite figured them out yet and Im really enjoying learning them! Using my own experiences and with looking at them in person and also using the dentine method to age his jawbone I put him at 5-6yrs old, so itís nice to see that I was at least in the ballpark! Thanks again for the input guys!!


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Old 10-16-2019, 08:55 PM   #22
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Old 10-16-2019, 10:33 PM   #23
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Old 10-16-2019, 10:36 PM   #24
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Old 10-16-2019, 10:44 PM   #25
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Old 10-17-2019, 01:22 PM   #26
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Old 10-17-2019, 01:25 PM   #27
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:17 AM   #28
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Being that Iím fairly new to the Hill Country hunting game....less than 5yrs, I really appreciate all of you guys input. Iím from Louisiana and have spent my whole life hunting Mississippi River deer, which is an entirely different ballgame! I feel like Iím a fairly skilled hunter and a pretty decent judge of age on deer, but man these Hill Country deer puzzle me!....I havenít quite figured them out yet and Im really enjoying learning them! Using my own experiences and with looking at them in person and also using the dentine method to age his jawbone I put him at 5-6yrs old, so itís nice to see that I was at least in the ballpark! Thanks again for the input guys!!


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Well you have a good attitude about it. Hill country deer can be really tough to age on the hoof. Deer in one area of the hill country may not age the same as another area. Guys I know that do this stuff for a living think deer in our area are the toughest of all to age on the hoof. Tricky stuff. As far as the teeth go, all we can tell you is what the teeth show ďby the bookĒ which in your case is 5.5. However, it is my firm belief that teeth donít really mean squat. Your best info will come from history with your deer.
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Old 10-18-2019, 06:59 AM   #30
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Old 10-18-2019, 07:09 AM   #31
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