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#6485312 - 10/07/16 12:01 PM Age these please
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Registered: 08/24/09
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Loc: Houston
I hunt on an MLD property and sent our biologist pictures of these 2 deer to get his thoughts on the age. I agree with one but the other I'm not too sure of. What is yall's take? I'll post his answer after I get a few from yall.




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#6485319 - 10/07/16 12:06 PM Re: Age these please [Re: HuntinForTail]
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Top picture this is his 4th or 5th set of antlers

Bottom 2nd or third set of antlers he has grown. Leaning towards only his second set.
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If you attached NP's head to Scooter's body, would muscle memory cause him to beat himself to death?


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#6485382 - 10/07/16 01:14 PM Re: Age these please [Re: HuntinForTail]
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Maybe 3 on the first one.
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#6485392 - 10/07/16 01:20 PM Re: Age these please [Re: HuntinForTail]
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Top deer is 4.

Bottom deer is old enough to cull. He looks 2 or 3, but could be much older. I've killed a couple 9-10 year old deer that had bodies like the one in the bottom photo.

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#6485393 - 10/07/16 01:22 PM Re: Age these please [Re: fouzman]
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4.5 on the first one. Second buck not sure. Maybe older than he looks.

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#6485420 - 10/07/16 01:50 PM Re: Age these please [Re: HuntinForTail]
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3.5-4.5 pass
2.5-3.5 shoot if legal unless you think you need him
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#6485425 - 10/07/16 01:53 PM Re: Age these please [Re: HuntinForTail]
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Our biologist told me the first one is 3.5 and the second one is 1.5

I thought 4.5 on the first one but I can see 3.5, I thought the second one was about 2.5-3.5 and would be a good cull candidate, but he doesn't want us to even take culls under 4.5. I don't really agree with that and it goes against using MLD as a herd management program, but hey that's the rules.

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#6485426 - 10/07/16 01:54 PM Re: Age these please [Re: HuntinForTail]
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Cull on the second.
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#6485427 - 10/07/16 01:54 PM Re: Age these please [Re: HuntinForTail]
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Dates? Whole pictures?

Zooming them in can be deceiving.
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#6485431 - 10/07/16 01:59 PM Re: Age these please [Re: HuntinForTail]
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If that second deer is 1.5, he's a really good yearling. Yes, his neck is thin and his head is small, both of which suggest youth, but his body suggests more than just 1.5 (at least to me). It could be possible he was a very old fawn last season, having been born somewhere between October 2014 and March 2015, and has a jump on some of his peers by 6-8 months. I would compare him to the other yearlings you have and see what you think. Do you have pictures of those?
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#6485435 - 10/07/16 02:02 PM Re: Age these please [Re: HuntinForTail]
ctonsmitty Offline
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4.5 on the first
2.5 on the second

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#6485452 - 10/07/16 02:15 PM Re: Age these please [Re: HuntinForTail]
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Woodsman

Registered: 08/24/09
Posts: 213
Loc: Houston
Here are the pictures not blown up. Someone changed the name on my camera so I figured i'd crop it out in the original ones I posted.



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#6485453 - 10/07/16 02:17 PM Re: Age these please [Re: HuntinForTail]
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Woodsman

Registered: 08/24/09
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I deleted most of my pics with yearling deer, but here are some younger ones I have.


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#6485458 - 10/07/16 02:19 PM Re: Age these please [Re: HuntinForTail]
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Originally Posted By: Grizz
If you attached NP's head to Scooter's body, would muscle memory cause him to beat himself to death?


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#6485466 - 10/07/16 02:24 PM Re: Age these please [Re: HuntinForTail]
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Your biologist may be correct with his 3.5 and 1.5 now that I can see them zoomed out. I still think the second deer is at least 2.5 but I'm no biologist. Bottom line on an MLD ranch, listen to the biologist. You'll never win that argument on a live deer.

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