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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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Old Yesterday, 03:21 PM   #21
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[quote=Capt.Bryan;15271650]
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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.
We see a bunch of them on the place your Dad hunts or hunted.. I guess they put them in there huh?? When I was up there this past weekend I saw at least 50 on that side of the fence and a dang good whitetail buck(140's easy).. Every now and then we will see a BB doe or 2 on our cameras on our side but never any bucks.. Have not had any on our cameras this year.. Does your Dad still have that place? I was going to call him but I lost his number in my old phone..

Oh and one big Black buck was wounded really bad on your dads place.. Big nasty wound...

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Old Yesterday, 03:37 PM   #22
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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.
I agree with this 100%.
They can have very loose curls, but be super long, OR could have more, tight curls, but still be under 20".

When his head is up, his horns should extend to the back of the front leg (or further) UNLESS he's wide, then he might appear shorter.

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Old Yesterday, 03:40 PM   #23
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Another thing about BB is they are NOT very big animals, so dont pass up a good one because he "doesn't have much meat" or his body "looks small". Even the big ones are small.
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Old Yesterday, 04:12 PM   #24
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Some older bucks will never turn completely black. They can end up mostly black with tan highlights. We have been watching a few over several years. Like mentioned before, I think genetics are a part of the equation.

Good luck
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Old Yesterday, 04:26 PM   #25
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3 1/2 curls minimum and the darkest one in the herd.
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Old Yesterday, 04:37 PM   #26
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Some older bucks will never turn completely black. They can end up mostly black with tan highlights. We have been watching a few over several years. Like mentioned before, I think genetics are a part of the equation.

Good luck
Agree, I have a gold class that looks in color to be young. I also have a female that is super dark like a juvenile male. 3 curl is a good rule of thumb

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Old Yesterday, 05:32 PM   #27
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head down, horns to top of back usually means 18"+ which most would begin to call trophy.
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Old Yesterday, 06:49 PM   #28
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Ok, so weíve been watching this guy since we got on the lease. There are 2 or 3 bucks running around I believe. This one is the boss.
Other two are brown. One is wider but a loaner. The second one has 2-3 ewes. This guy has 5-9 depending on when we see him. Havenít seen em since late summer, but they always show up eventually.

Whatís the consensus on this guy?





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