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#6990742 - 12/10/17 12:41 PM Quick, tell-tale signs of an older buck
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What tells you first that you're looking at a older buck. Put your responses in the order in which you can most quickly know he's an old buck.

1. Legs that appear short and somewhat stumpy for the body.

2. Sagging belly.

3. A full neck that slopes straight or slightly outward into the chest area with no inward curve.

4. Thick and very strong-looking hind quarters.

5. Antlers that appear weak relative to the size of the deer. They may show good main beam mass but poor tines that don't match the beams. The main beams may also appear poorly matched for roundness and overall appearance.
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#6990754 - 12/10/17 12:50 PM Re: Quick, tell-tale signs of an older buck [Re: Texas Dan]
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#6990822 - 12/10/17 01:41 PM Re: Quick, tell-tale signs of an older buck [Re: Texas Dan]
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1) Neck line is straight line from jaw line to bottom of chest. Although full, it does not appear to be oversized in proportion to the deer.
2) Head is not but appears to be short. Distance from forehead to jaw line is close to the same as the distance from the forehead to the nose. That is the look describing roman nosed. Eyes appear to look smaller. Ears give the appearance of being smaller.
3) Body is full and well developed. Everything is in proportion and gives the appearance of being short legged to the animal. Skin is no longer tight and will have the appearance of being loose on the neck and shoulders. Depending on the range condition and stage of the rut the animal may or may not be potbellied. I don't often see the sway back often talked about even in animals well over 6.5 years old in the area I hunt.
4) I do not factor antler development into age determination.
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#6990844 - 12/10/17 02:21 PM Re: Quick, tell-tale signs of an older buck [Re: Texas Dan]
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You said quick... short, rounded face

It's always the first thing I see
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#6990850 - 12/10/17 02:26 PM Re: Quick, tell-tale signs of an older buck [Re: procraft05]
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Originally Posted By: procraft05
You said quick... short, rounded face

It's always the first thing I see


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#6990856 - 12/10/17 02:28 PM Re: Quick, tell-tale signs of an older buck [Re: Texas Dan]
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Usually an older buck makes other bucks and does it's feeding with look like fawns.

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#6990935 - 12/10/17 03:32 PM Re: Quick, tell-tale signs of an older buck [Re: Texas Dan]
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Hocks that are dark and run down to his hooves.. And then a big neck. You see those, then he ain't no baby..
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#6991004 - 12/10/17 04:57 PM Re: Quick, tell-tale signs of an older buck [Re: Texas Dan]
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Yep. Have to agree. And a stiff gait, like he's got arthritis.If you're lucky enough to find one using a walker, then you found Grandaddy.


Edited by Erathkid (12/10/17 04:58 PM)
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#6991355 - 12/10/17 09:48 PM Re: Quick, tell-tale signs of an older buck [Re: Smokey Bear]
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Originally Posted By: Smokey Bear
Skin is no longer tight and will have the appearance of being loose on the neck and shoulders.


Great comment and observation. You can quickly see wrinkles in the skin as an older buck walks or turns his head and neck. Just think of sagging breasts and you get the idea.

Thanks for all the replies. Being disciplined enough to draw your initial focus on the legs and body of a buck is something I still struggle with every time I see one. I'm sure its a condition I share with many others. But at least I'm aware of the weakness.
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#6991394 - 12/10/17 10:12 PM Re: Quick, tell-tale signs of an older buck [Re: Texas Dan]
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#6991837 - 12/11/17 10:45 AM Re: Quick, tell-tale signs of an older buck [Re: Tff caribou]
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
They eat dinner at 4:30


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#6991840 - 12/11/17 10:47 AM Re: Quick, tell-tale signs of an older buck [Re: Texas Dan]
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This is a good share. I feel like I can typically point out a mature deer. What I have a harder time with is distinguishing the difference between a 4.5 yo and a 6.5 yo+


Edited by D'hanis (12/11/17 10:58 AM)

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#6992006 - 12/11/17 12:44 PM Re: Quick, tell-tale signs of an older buck [Re: Texas Dan]
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Wheel-chair marks and grey hair.
Seriously....
Have to say by the face (round nose) and the way that he walks.

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#6992042 - 12/11/17 01:11 PM Re: Quick, tell-tale signs of an older buck [Re: Texas Dan]
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He has 10 points shoot him...right away

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#6992076 - 12/11/17 01:38 PM Re: Quick, tell-tale signs of an older buck [Re: D'hanis]
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Originally Posted By: D'hanis
What I have a harder time with is distinguishing the difference between a 4.5 yo and a 6.5 yo+


A sagging belly is a tell-tale sign of a buck that's at least six years old. Nothing is sagging on a buck that's four or less.

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