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#6373211 - 07/18/16 01:07 PM How old?
JH117 Offline
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How old do you think these bucks are? I'm going into my third year of hunting and still not really sure on how to properly age a deer. The first one looks old to me because of how much grey he has on his face. Maybe a 5 or 6 year old? The second I saw last year at the beginning of the season but never again after that. I'm thinking 5 as well. What do ya'll think?

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#6373218 - 07/18/16 01:15 PM Re: How old? [Re: JH117]
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Looking at straight toplines, thin faces, not very deep in the chests, I'm guessing no more than 4.5 max. I'm interested to see what others have to say.

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#6373246 - 07/18/16 01:42 PM Re: How old? [Re: JH117]
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Tuff time of year to age deer you don't have history with. Top picture you cant see much to give an age estimate on more pictures will always help. I don't think any of them look particularly old, but better pictures and different time of year may change that.
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#6373490 - 07/18/16 04:35 PM Re: How old? [Re: TexasKC]
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Originally Posted By: TexasKC
Looking at straight toplines, thin faces, not very deep in the chests, I'm guessing no more than 4.5 max. I'm interested to see what others have to say.



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#6373675 - 07/18/16 06:26 PM Re: How old? [Re: JH117]
Baumwoll Offline
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Loc: West Texas
I would say 3.5 or 4.5
-Chest isn't deep
-Skin isn't sagging
-No belly sag
-Straight back
Look for the same traits in deer for age as you would expect to find in humans -----sunken posture
-excess wieght
-graying loss of color in hair
-etc...
And check with aging the harvested animals by there teeth

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#6373681 - 07/18/16 06:28 PM Re: How old? [Re: coyotebass]
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Originally Posted By: coyotebass
Originally Posted By: TexasKC
Looking at straight toplines, thin faces, not very deep in the chests, I'm guessing no more than 4.5 max. I'm interested to see what others have to say.



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#6373696 - 07/18/16 06:32 PM Re: How old? [Re: JH117]
don k Online   content
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Correct me if I am wrong, but fawns were just born recently so there are no half aged deer.
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#6373705 - 07/18/16 06:34 PM Re: How old? [Re: don k]
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Originally Posted By: don k
Correct me if I am wrong, but fawns were just born recently so there are no half aged deer.


Don is right 4 MAX flehan
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#6373709 - 07/18/16 06:36 PM Re: How old? [Re: JH117]
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2 or 3 based on body.
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#6373884 - 07/18/16 08:19 PM Re: How old? [Re: therancher]
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Originally Posted By: therancher
2 or 3 based on body.


Really hard to judge this time of year, but I would agree with this ^^^

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#6373918 - 07/18/16 08:37 PM Re: How old? [Re: JH117]
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Agree with 2-3 tops...these don't appear to be old. Can always be fooled, but the overall body structure says these are not aged warriors but rather young stallions waiting for their moment this fall.

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#6374039 - 07/18/16 09:50 PM Re: How old? [Re: JH117]
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My best guess......3


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#6374313 - 07/19/16 08:01 AM Re: How old? [Re: JH117]
JH117 Offline
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I appreciate the replies everyone. Looks like I have a lot to learn about aging deer. I'm hoping to bag a mature one this year, so I'll look for the traits stated above and hopefully narrow down may target buck.


Edited by JH117 (07/19/16 08:01 AM)

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#6374485 - 07/19/16 09:59 AM Re: How old? [Re: JH117]
therancher Online   content
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I wouldn't get all hung up on years of age. Mature or immature is all I really try to do.

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#6374487 - 07/19/16 10:01 AM Re: How old? [Re: JH117]
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When it get closer to season they will start to look more their age.
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