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#6484768 - 10/07/16 05:28 AM So many young bucks will be shot this year.
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Registered: 07/09/13
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Throughout the state the rains this year have plumped these deer up like ive seldom seen. I live on the ranch with my deer, see them daily know them by mannerisms and appearance other than weight, and and even 2 year olds look like 5+ year old deer.

I've seen several pictured on here that people with a lot of experience are calling 2 years older than what I believe they'll age out at based on what I'm seeing here.

If maturity matters to you then I'd advise you to err on the low side early in the season judging age. Happy hunting either way. Whatever floats your boat, float it.
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#6484945 - 10/07/16 08:21 AM Re: So many young bucks will be shot this year. [Re: therancher]
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It will be much easier to judge in a month, once they've coated-in and swollen up for the rut. The good news is that the fawn crop from last year should have gotten a good jump, and the does ought to be in great breeding shape, leading to a healthy fawn crop of replacements next spring.
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#6484981 - 10/07/16 08:40 AM Re: So many young bucks will be shot this year. [Re: therancher]
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Rancher I believe you are right. Our bucks in Llano Co are fat, and the young bucks have belliess and guts more typical of what you see in 4 and 5 yr olds.

I'm advising my guys to really look at skulls this year (blocky and wedge shaped). Skulls don't lie.


Edited by TxAg (10/07/16 09:38 AM)
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#6485013 - 10/07/16 09:00 AM Re: So many young bucks will be shot this year. [Re: therancher]
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As long as they are legal im happy. gonna eat em anyway. lol
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#6485016 - 10/07/16 09:03 AM Re: So many young bucks will be shot this year. [Re: therancher]
redchevy Offline
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Don't think it will be an issue in our area. We had a wet spring, but it turned off and we have had a pretty dry summer with one pocket of good rain. Browse/brush is holding strong but grass etc. is dormant and brown, tank is dry.

More to age than just how fat they are. Looking at other features than their waistline shouldn't change much.
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#6485032 - 10/07/16 09:10 AM Re: So many young bucks will be shot this year. [Re: therancher]
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When did they put age restrictions on the tags on our license? Now we are going to tell people what they can and can not shoot based off an age? Age classes vary around the state by a lot. What is old to me might not be old to you. Like posted above me, there is much more to look at than how fat a deer is this time of the year. A 5 yr old deer is still a 5 yr old deer. If you want to call him older then go for it, if you want to call him younger then go for it. In the end he can only be what age he is not what you or I want him to be.
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#6485034 - 10/07/16 09:11 AM Re: So many young bucks will be shot this year. [Re: therancher]
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Good point.
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#6485066 - 10/07/16 09:29 AM Re: So many young bucks will be shot this year. [Re: therancher]
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Give him another year and let him walk! bolt

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#6485067 - 10/07/16 09:29 AM Re: So many young bucks will be shot this year. [Re: stxranchman]
redchevy Offline
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
When did they put age restrictions on the tags on our license?


I guarantee you when me and my friends started hunting age meant nothing. I'm sure it will be the same for my boy and my nephews up
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#6485068 - 10/07/16 09:29 AM Re: So many young bucks will be shot this year. [Re: therancher]
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Wait for it.....
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#6485128 - 10/07/16 09:58 AM Re: So many young bucks will be shot this year. [Re: therancher]
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When I first started hunting 3 yrs ago I was all wrapped up in age and score. Hell it took me all season to shoot one because I was waiting on a mature buck to show. Ended up taking a six point one week before the season ended! Now I don't really care all that much. As long as it makes happy I'm good. Don't get me wrong, I would love to shoot a big 6 year old 10 pointer scoring 170 but in the end I'm gonna end up eating it anyway.


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#6485134 - 10/07/16 10:00 AM Re: So many young bucks will be shot this year. [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
Western Offline
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
It will be much easier to judge in a month, once they've coated-in and swollen up for the rut. The good news is that the fawn crop from last year should have gotten a good jump, and the does ought to be in great breeding shape, leading to a healthy fawn crop of replacements next spring.


This, just yesterday the wife and I where looking at fawns on TC photos, they already look better than the crop last year, fat and playful. Enough so, she even noticed how good they are looking.
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#6485135 - 10/07/16 10:01 AM Re: So many young bucks will be shot this year. [Re: therancher]
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#6485149 - 10/07/16 10:10 AM Re: So many young bucks will be shot this year. [Re: kdkane1971]
redchevy Offline
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Originally Posted By: kdkane1971
Old enough to breed, old enough to bleed


Ive heard that statement said the other way too eeks333
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#6485157 - 10/07/16 10:14 AM Re: So many young bucks will be shot this year. [Re: JH117]
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Originally Posted By: JH117
As long as it makes happy I'm good. Don't get me wrong, I would love to shoot a big 6 year old 10 pointer scoring 170 but in the end I'm gonna end up eating it anyway.


You hunt long enough you will. You also have to remember that you have to hunt where those trophies exist, and most people don't hunt where they exist.

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