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#6154035 - 01/25/16 02:25 PM Guesses at age of this buck?
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This is a buck that is located in Caldwell County, just outside of Lockhart. I'm thinking he's 4.5. Agree? Disagree?

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#6154041 - 01/25/16 02:28 PM Re: Guesses at age of this buck? [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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Hard to tell from behind but I'd "guess" he's early mature. 3.5 or so
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#6154052 - 01/25/16 02:34 PM Re: Guesses at age of this buck? [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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Can't tell from that one photo and the way the deer is positioned. From the staining on his hocks and down the backs of his legs, I'd say he could be 4 1/2.

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#6154106 - 01/25/16 03:00 PM Re: Guesses at age of this buck? [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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When was that pic taken? Makes a huge difference when guessing the age.
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#6154113 - 01/25/16 03:03 PM Re: Guesses at age of this buck? [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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late November, which is towards the end of the rut this year in the area


Edited by George - w/ Map My Ranch (01/25/16 03:03 PM)
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#6154121 - 01/25/16 03:05 PM Re: Guesses at age of this buck? [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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Only one pic to guess from is bad enough but that one doesnt show much. From what I can see, he is at least 4.5 and I would venture to say he is probably older.
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#6154127 - 01/25/16 03:08 PM Re: Guesses at age of this buck? [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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found another...

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#6154143 - 01/25/16 03:18 PM Re: Guesses at age of this buck? [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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His rump and the hump above his shoulders is what's throwing me. From that second photo, the deer appears to be at least 5 1/2 and probably older.

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#6154152 - 01/25/16 03:21 PM Re: Guesses at age of this buck? [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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Same time frame?
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#6154156 - 01/25/16 03:25 PM Re: Guesses at age of this buck? [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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#6154162 - 01/25/16 03:28 PM Re: Guesses at age of this buck? [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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Originally Posted By: George - w/ Map My Ranch
found another...




He looks post prime in the picture 7.5plus

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#6154164 - 01/25/16 03:28 PM Re: Guesses at age of this buck? [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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Roughly the same time frame, yes.

Here's a close up...looks like he got a little tore up.

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#6154167 - 01/25/16 03:31 PM Re: Guesses at age of this buck? [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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3.5, I don't see any way that deer is post mature
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#6154179 - 01/25/16 03:40 PM Re: Guesses at age of this buck? [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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How is your buck to doe ratio? Is it way out of whack and do you have a good age structure on the place or is it predominately younger bucks? I agree with BoBo that the second pic has the classic look of a way mature buck.


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#6154216 - 01/25/16 04:02 PM Re: Guesses at age of this buck? [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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Our ratio is pretty good & our age structure is fairly balanced. This is the time of the year where we really can see what all survived as season has closed around us. We have MLD, so we have a little longer to hunt. We have some neighbors that shoot any legal buck they can, and don't let them mature much. I have my hunters target 5.5 or older unless we can define a cull that is at least 3.5. This is one that has me a little confused. If he's 4.5, I will put him on the safe list for next year. If older, he's fair game. Just unsure on how to judge this particular one as far as age goes. We have another that is his mere image...exact same rack, but the opposite brow tine is longer...I can only assume it is his twin.


Edited by George - w/ Map My Ranch (01/25/16 04:02 PM)
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