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#5872004 - 08/10/15 01:30 PM Lab age on bucks we took last year
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We just received our results from the lab on our ages from last season. Five bucks taken and they were 6.5, 6.5, 7.5, 7.5, and 8.5

The feed and genetics are huge but none of that matters unless they are allowed to mature. It is not always easy for our guys to lay off really nice deer but we think it pays huge dividends.

Looking forward to the start of this season
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#5872011 - 08/10/15 01:36 PM Re: Lab age on bucks we took last year [Re: tlk]
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Mature bucks for sure!!! It would be difficult to pass for that long.. Is there anyway that you can post pictures of the bucks? What method does a lab use to age the deer?


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#5872017 - 08/10/15 01:44 PM Re: Lab age on bucks we took last year [Re: tlk]
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A buddy of mine shot a buck last year. They have been watching him for 4 years waiting for him to blow up. Finally shot him, weren't enough teeth left to try to age. Sent it off and he was 9.5 years old. Sometimes old is too old.
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#5872028 - 08/10/15 01:52 PM Re: Lab age on bucks we took last year [Re: shightower]
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Originally Posted By: shightower
Mature bucks for sure!!! It would be difficult to pass for that long.. Is there anyway that you can post pictures of the bucks? What method does a lab use to age the deer?


use some type of solution and then use a microscope - I don't think it is 100% accurate but more so than aging by tooth wear. Although I will say the deer we took we were within a year on all of them on the hoof and then with tooth wear
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#5872037 - 08/10/15 01:56 PM Re: Lab age on bucks we took last year [Re: redchevy]
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A buddy of mine shot a buck last year. They have been watching him for 4 years waiting for him to blow up. Finally shot him, weren't enough teeth left to try to age. Sent it off and he was 9.5 years old. Sometimes old is too old.


I agree - they can digress - usually their max age is determined by loss of teeth and then cannot chew -

I hear of claims every so often of places letting them get to 12-15 years old which I find hard to believe. I can see an exception every once in awhile but to say there are a lot of bucks on a ranch that are 12-15 years old just defies all common sense
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#5872043 - 08/10/15 02:01 PM Re: Lab age on bucks we took last year [Re: tlk]
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I've been surprised at the teeth wear on ours. The bucks with quite a bit of history that've been shot haven't had a whole lot of wear. Makes you re-evaluate your age criteria. Of course, it'll be based on the individual deer, a slight cross bite could throw it all out the window.

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#5872073 - 08/10/15 02:12 PM Re: Lab age on bucks we took last year [Re: rifleman]
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I've been surprised at the teeth wear on ours. The bucks with quite a bit of history that've been shot haven't had a whole lot of wear. Makes you re-evaluate your age criteria. Of course, it'll be based on the individual deer, a slight cross bite could throw it all out the window.


I would assume that deer with a lot of protein available would not have the same tooth wear as those eating natural browse - we have had a couple where one side of the wear was significant and the other side not - never thought about a deer having a cross bite
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#5872168 - 08/10/15 03:13 PM Re: Lab age on bucks we took last year [Re: tlk]
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I don't know what these are eating other than natural browse, but they just aren't wearing down that fast. Maybe browsing on things off the ground is keeping them from getting as much sand in their mouths. Similar philosophy with protein feeders. I really don't know, just found it odd. I have 1 buck I'd like to kill just to see his teeth because I have history dated back to 08 (and he wasn't young then) and he seems to be maintaining well.

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#5872193 - 08/10/15 03:24 PM Re: Lab age on bucks we took last year [Re: tlk]
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I would be willing to bet that deer that are in sandy county have a 5-6 year lifespan max.

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#5872415 - 08/10/15 05:37 PM Re: Lab age on bucks we took last year [Re: shightower]
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First 6.5 44 inches of mass
Second 6.5
Third 8.5
Fourth 7.5
Fifth 7.5




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#5872439 - 08/10/15 05:56 PM Re: Lab age on bucks we took last year [Re: tlk]
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Studs!


(You and STX must be related with y'all's pic cropping habits.) grin

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#5872573 - 08/10/15 07:13 PM Re: Lab age on bucks we took last year [Re: rifleman]
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Originally Posted By: rifleman
Studs!


(You and STX must be related with y'all's pic cropping habits.) grin


Yeah just being respectful of our hunters - they may or may not want their faces online - so rather safe than sorry
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#5872586 - 08/10/15 07:20 PM Re: Lab age on bucks we took last year [Re: tlk]
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I understand, just messing with you about it.

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#5872605 - 08/10/15 07:32 PM Re: Lab age on bucks we took last year [Re: tlk]
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Those are awesome bucks.

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#5872623 - 08/10/15 07:38 PM Re: Lab age on bucks we took last year [Re: rifleman]
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Originally Posted By: rifleman
I understand, just messing with you about it.


Oh I know - but I do get asked about it alot
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