I won't try to give a specific age but I will say he is old. Mature if you like that word better.
He has scarred up knees, huge rump (rutted down in one of the pics pretty good) thick shield on his forehead showing years of battles. Thick shoulders and big hips. Just a big bodied mature deer. Sag in the neck line showing where his shoulders are big and muscular. big stains on the hocks.
Notice the lack of a deep brisket, because his chest is so heavy. Notice the lack of a sag in the back. Notice the lack of a low lying belly. There are other things that point to age in this guy.
As I mentioned in the other thread, there are a lot of younger deer that are going to get shot this year due to hunters thinking they are older due to these traits in healthy well fed young middle aged 3.5-4.5 yo deer (not saying young deer, but the bottom of the middle aged class). And then everyone will wonder where that age class went in two years...
the deer in the other thread did not look like this deer.
Ok I will consider "old" as the correct answer because the truth is nobody was going to get the age of that deer correct.
Me and my Dad as well as a few other hunters over the years on our lease have had a history of this buck dating all the way back to 2007 when he was a 4 year old. A few years ago we thought his luck had run out because he developed what we thought was a large tumor in his groin area and was not looking too good. The next year he showed up without the tumor and looking as healthy as ever. We now assume the "tumor" was probably either a snake bite or some sort of infection caused by a cactus needle or mesquite thorn.
He almost always shows up in late September or early October but last year he didn't. With no game cam pics we assumed his age had caught up with him. Then just after Thanksgiving last year another hunter got some pics of him so I went and pulled my camera cards and had pics of him again as well.
As for his age......at 13 years old (last year) he is probably one of the oldest free range Whitetails you will ever see. I have cameras out right now hoping to catch a glimpse of him again this year. I saw him in person the very end of last season so I know he made it through another deer season.