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#5957057 - 10/01/15 10:05 PM Age this fat boy, and is he legal?
Mas Cabeza Offline
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Registered: 09/12/11
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Loc: Haslet, Tejas



My wife has been a sporadic hunter over the years, and normally doesn't care about deer, but this buck has her fired up. Is he as old as we guess him, and do you all think he will pass AR? Thanks guys

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#5957062 - 10/01/15 10:08 PM Re: Age this fat boy, and is he legal? [Re: Mas Cabeza]
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Post mature on age and to close to tell from those pics.
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#5957090 - 10/01/15 10:19 PM Re: Age this fat boy, and is he legal? [Re: Mas Cabeza]
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For me, and I aint good on age, but he should be on ss. Im leaning on no for AR, I hunt in an AR county, and I would have to REALLY look him OVER. 2cents

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#5957093 - 10/01/15 10:20 PM Re: Age this fat boy, and is he legal? [Re: Mas Cabeza]
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I agree he is past mature. He has a floppy left ear that makes it hard to get an exact ear tip measurement. I am no pro at gauging width, but have heard that juvenile bucks ear tips will be in the 13 range, and a older mature buck will be closer to 15in at ear tips. Again I don't know or I wouldn't be asking. Him being over the hill and at or a tad beyond ear width makes us think he may be legal.

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#5957105 - 10/01/15 10:27 PM Re: Age this fat boy, and is he legal? [Re: Mas Cabeza]
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Man I don't know, that first pic, says no to me, too close, for me to pull the trigger. But good luck on which way you choose. up

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#5957119 - 10/01/15 10:41 PM Re: Age this fat boy, and is he legal? [Re: Mas Cabeza]
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I am going to consult with our local GW. I know I have heard in the past that GW's typically don't give the green light to deer like this just to keep others from thinking it's OK to shoot iffy deer. If he says he thinks it's illegal then we will just let him be coyote bait in a year or so. Thanks for the replies fellas and good luck this season

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#5957138 - 10/01/15 10:55 PM Re: Age this fat boy, and is he legal? [Re: Mas Cabeza]
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I would say he looks legal, but then I won't be paying the fine.
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#5957153 - 10/01/15 11:08 PM Re: Age this fat boy, and is he legal? [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Post mature on age and to close to tell from those pics.
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#5957196 - 10/02/15 12:51 AM Re: Age this fat boy, and is he legal? [Re: Mas Cabeza]
Boggyman Offline
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You might try putting a 13" piece of tape on the feeder and use that to reference an accurate spread. He's definitely old.

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#5957282 - 10/02/15 07:04 AM Re: Age this fat boy, and is he legal? [Re: Mas Cabeza]
majekman Offline
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I think he makes it....barely. Big ol head makes spread look smaller. JMO
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#5957295 - 10/02/15 07:19 AM Re: Age this fat boy, and is he legal? [Re: Mas Cabeza]
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That's a tough call, but here is something to consider. Legal is 13" and they say rule of thumb is the antlers outside the ears.
Well that is close on that big old buck, he looks to have a Big ole rum head and long ears to boot.

Good chance he is 13" regardless of the proximity of the antlers to the ears wink

Good luck though, that's a lot of groceries on the hoof cheers
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#5957301 - 10/02/15 07:27 AM Re: Age this fat boy, and is he legal? [Re: majekman]
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Originally Posted By: majekman
I think he makes it....barely. Big ol head makes spread look smaller. JMO
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#5957305 - 10/02/15 07:29 AM Re: Age this fat boy, and is he legal? [Re: Mas Cabeza]
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Dude looks to be part brahma bull.

I would say yes on legal and I would shoot him.
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#5957412 - 10/02/15 08:38 AM Re: Age this fat boy, and is he legal? [Re: Mas Cabeza]
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I would say legal.
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#5957434 - 10/02/15 08:52 AM Re: Age this fat boy, and is he legal? [Re: Mas Cabeza]
Chief Joe Offline
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He is wide between the tines, I think he will be near 14" and maybe 6?
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