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#6916087 - 10/10/17 08:07 PM Is this all he's got(age this deer)
varnoldi13 Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
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Loc: Watauga, TX
Let me start by saying I am not good at aging deer . Most of my knowledge has came from reading multiple topics on here and internet research. After looking at his back, stomach and neck , will he get any better or more points?


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#6916096 - 10/10/17 08:16 PM Re: Is this all he's got(age this deer) [Re: varnoldi13]
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He looks 2.5-3.0/3.5 to me and likely lesser genetics IMO.

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#6916099 - 10/10/17 08:18 PM Re: Is this all he's got(age this deer) [Re: varnoldi13]
Brian C. Offline
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Im No biologist or claim to be an expert on the subject but I would venture say if there is a management tag in your future I would say you found the candidate.
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#6916101 - 10/10/17 08:19 PM Re: Is this all he's got(age this deer) [Re: varnoldi13]
Deersteaks Offline
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Based on the pics, I doubt he is more than 2 1/2, but with that said, if he is 2 /1/2, he should be better than that.If he can be shot, I would say go for it. Good one for the kiddo's!

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#6916102 - 10/10/17 08:19 PM Re: Is this all he's got(age this deer) [Re: varnoldi13]
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Let's clear the water and say he COULD get better with age, but he is UNLIKELY to ever become a bruiser of a buck.

Let a kid take him this year or you can take him.

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#6916135 - 10/10/17 08:51 PM Re: Is this all he's got(age this deer) [Re: varnoldi13]
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I think he is 3.5 max and id give him one more yr to see what happens. At the same time if you want to kill him then do it.


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#6916219 - 10/10/17 09:44 PM Re: Is this all he's got(age this deer) [Re: varnoldi13]
BooneDog Offline
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Registered: 10/11/12
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I would call him 2.5 and would bet he would make it to a pencil horn 8 pt next year. He does not have any movie star genetics but he would fill the freezer.

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#6916221 - 10/10/17 09:45 PM Re: Is this all he's got(age this deer) [Re: varnoldi13]
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What do the other bucks on your place look like at the same age, which I'm gonna guess him to be 2.5 yrs old. We give our bucks to the he age of 3.5 yrs before we determine if they need to be culled.

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#6916293 - 10/10/17 10:54 PM Re: Is this all he's got(age this deer) [Re: varnoldi13]
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#6916431 - 10/11/17 07:31 AM Re: Is this all he's got(age this deer) [Re: varnoldi13]
Pinky3169 Offline
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I'd call him 3.5, could be younger, it's hard to tell from the 1 broadside pic. I'd say he needed to go... If it were on my place..

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#6916497 - 10/11/17 08:13 AM Re: Is this all he's got(age this deer) [Re: varnoldi13]
Drogers6771 Offline
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Registered: 10/01/17
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Young deer, probably 2.5. Missin a brow tine and not a good frame for the head gear. He will improve over the next 2 years but I'd be real shocked if he turned out to be a bruiser

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#6916524 - 10/11/17 08:43 AM Re: Is this all he's got(age this deer) [Re: Drogers6771]
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Originally Posted By: Drogers6771
Young deer, probably 2.5. Missin a brow tine and not a good frame for the head gear. He will improve over the next 2 years but I'd be real shocked if he turned out to be a bruiser


Yep. I'd say he's 2.5 now. He may turn into a run-of-the-mill 8 point. Which is great for a first deer, a kid deer, or filling a freezer. Just depends what the other targets on your place look like.

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#6916546 - 10/11/17 08:58 AM Re: Is this all he's got(age this deer) [Re: varnoldi13]
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Looks relatively young, but still doesn't look like something I would want to feed or pass on any of his traits for any longer. Will killing him alter the genetics? Probably not, but from my experience unless your trying to grow big 7 pts or something there is absolutely no reason to keep that deer, he will make better sausage now than he will a trophy any day.
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#6916586 - 10/11/17 09:25 AM Re: Is this all he's got(age this deer) [Re: varnoldi13]
varnoldi13 Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
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Loc: Watauga, TX
Thanks for the help guys , and confirming my thoughts. The thing is we are only seeing young deer running around . My girlfriends family has owned this land for 25+ years but has not hunted it 5 years . There are some nice 6 and 8 points running around but only in the 1-1 1/2 year range. This is the biggest bodied buck we have seen so far on the cameras . Have a good feeling there are way to many mouths to feed in a relatively close area. Two different feeders are set about 5 acres apart and we have 11 different young deer hitting them daily . All of their bodies look like they could used a few double cheese burgers!


Edited by varnoldi13 (10/11/17 09:57 AM)

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#6916750 - 10/11/17 11:51 AM Re: Is this all he's got(age this deer) [Re: varnoldi13]
fouzman Offline
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Registered: 08/09/10
Posts: 1768
Loc: Houston, TX
I'd kill him. But we don't let any deer with six points live past two.

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