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Old 12-01-2019, 04:20 PM   #1
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Guide or professionals chime in. This guy seems to have several on my lease puzzled on whether he should be on the hit list or not. Would really appreciate some feedback on your age thoughts.

Low Fence, McCulloch County, no protein. Antlers blurred out to not sway anybodyís opinion.





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Old 12-01-2019, 04:27 PM   #2
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I'm no expert but I'm guessing 3.5

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Old 12-01-2019, 04:30 PM   #3
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Old 12-01-2019, 04:32 PM   #4
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Old 12-01-2019, 04:36 PM   #5
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Iím leaning 4
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Old 12-01-2019, 05:06 PM   #6
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Man I’m having a hard time on whether to call him 3 or 4. I’ve gone back and forth with myself a few times
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Old 12-01-2019, 05:09 PM   #7
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Man Iím having a hard time on whether to call him 3 or 4. Iíve gone back and forth with myself a few times
Thatís okay! Even that comment helps. Really anything helps. Thanks
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Old 12-01-2019, 05:12 PM   #8
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Thinking 3 also
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Old 12-01-2019, 05:14 PM   #9
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If this is in the last month Iím at a solid 3.


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Old 12-01-2019, 05:16 PM   #10
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Pics are from 11/30
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Old 12-01-2019, 05:49 PM   #11
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I hunt in this county, he’s 3-4 hard to tell without prior knowledge of the deer, but I’m leaning 3.
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:16 PM   #12
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Old 12-01-2019, 09:16 PM   #13
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Thanks guys. Keep em coming. I’ll post the pictures unedited after
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Old 12-01-2019, 09:24 PM   #14
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2-3
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Old 12-01-2019, 09:28 PM   #15
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3. Look at those hocks as well. Think he needs some testosterone therapy.
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:05 AM   #16
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Thanks guys. Keep em coming
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Old 12-02-2019, 09:00 AM   #17
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He looks 4, maybe 3 but he's also ran down quite a bit right now.

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Old 12-02-2019, 01:31 PM   #18
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Old 12-02-2019, 01:33 PM   #19
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Old 12-02-2019, 01:34 PM   #20
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I'd lean 3 on this one.
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Old 12-02-2019, 01:36 PM   #21
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I don't see 3. Run down 4-5, probably 4.

Do you have pics of him in Sept/Oct?
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Old 12-02-2019, 01:41 PM   #22
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My thoughts are 3 yr old as well
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Old 12-02-2019, 01:52 PM   #23
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I'd let him walk.

3.5 IMO
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Old 12-02-2019, 02:57 PM   #24
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I don't see 3. Run down 4-5, probably 4.

Do you have pics of him in Sept/Oct?
I had him at 4 as well. Couldnít find anything that made me think he was 5
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Old 12-02-2019, 04:04 PM   #25
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He has the head of a 5 year old. Starting to get a roman nose, sagging jaw line.
His body says different. I'm pretty stumped on this one.
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Old 12-02-2019, 05:08 PM   #26
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He has the head of a 5 year old. Starting to get a roman nose, sagging jaw line.
His body says different. I'm pretty stumped on this one.
Head size of a 5 year old but I expected his face to look a little shorter if he was that age. He literally had no sagging skin anywhere. Still had extremely long legs for his body size, and I watched him fight what I thought was a 4.5year old 8pt and this 12 got his butt whooped (not that it makes a difference).
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Old 12-02-2019, 05:20 PM   #27
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no older than 3.5
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Old 12-02-2019, 10:50 PM   #28
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Iím leaning toward 4. Are some guys wanting to kill this future potential giant?

Sounds like your lease rule is 5 or older. Just because a deer is 5 doesnít mean you HAVE to kill him. Give him at least 3 more years and yíall will be glad you did.
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Old 12-02-2019, 11:05 PM   #29
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4.5
If your area has had as little rain this year as mine, the bodies are looking a year younger
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Old 12-02-2019, 11:15 PM   #30
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Old 12-02-2019, 11:26 PM   #31
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Old 12-03-2019, 06:33 AM   #32
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:24 AM   #33
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Iím leaning toward 4. Are some guys wanting to kill this future potential giant?

Sounds like your lease rule is 5 or older. Just because a deer is 5 doesnít mean you HAVE to kill him. Give him at least 3 more years and yíall will be glad you did.
Actually, my brother saw this buck and sent me pictures. I told him he looked young so I wouldnít shoot. After, we kept going back and forth (he thought he was 5.5+, I said no way past 4.5IMO). Then I saw this buck the next day and started second guessing (I think I was letting the horns get to me, but ultimately couldnít find anything to make him appear older).

This was just my test to see if anybody else saw anything that could make this deer be 5.5 because I just couldnít.
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:35 AM   #34
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I'm still at 3 maybe 4, he would get a pass for a couple of years on our place. We try to wait until 6 or over but it's hard to judge at time.
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Old 12-03-2019, 10:08 AM   #35
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Hill country he is at least 4.
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Old 12-03-2019, 10:31 AM   #36
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I am leaning toward 4.
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Old 12-03-2019, 10:51 AM   #37
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Old 12-03-2019, 10:53 AM   #38
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Iím leaning toward 4. Are some guys wanting to kill this future potential giant?

Sounds like your lease rule is 5 or older. Just because a deer is 5 doesnít mean you HAVE to kill him. Give him at least 3 more years and yíall will be glad you did.
I second this, no way would I shoot this deer until 7.
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:00 AM   #39
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You have a potential stud in that buck. I would definitely let him roll another year.
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:38 AM   #40
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He looks 5+ to me, to thickly muscled to be young, mature head and face.
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Old 12-03-2019, 12:02 PM   #41
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A lot from your pics say 3.5 to me. Could possibly be 4.5 from what I can see in ONE of the pictures.
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Old 12-03-2019, 01:40 PM   #42
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4.5 max
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Old 12-10-2019, 12:12 PM   #43
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At a MINIMUM, give him two more years. No reason at all to kill him this year.
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Old 12-10-2019, 04:37 PM   #44
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Old 12-11-2019, 02:45 PM   #45
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No older then 4.5 . Future giant
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Old 12-11-2019, 02:48 PM   #46
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Old 12-11-2019, 03:23 PM   #47
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3 or 4. Who knows. One thing is for certain, he's not old enough to shoot!
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Old 12-11-2019, 03:28 PM   #48
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Old 12-11-2019, 04:15 PM   #49
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leaned up 4.5 yr old is what im seeing
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Old 12-11-2019, 04:57 PM   #50
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