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Newb trying to learn to age deer #5259415 08/18/14 03:45 PM
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I am new to deer hunting, and am trying to learn to age deer. I realize it is more of an art than a science, but wanted to get the opinions of the THF brain trust on the age of a couple of deer. These pics were taken this past weekend.

Deer #1 (might not be enough in the picture)


Deer #2


Thanks!

Re: Newb trying to learn to age deer [Re: SFAJacks89] #5259433 08/18/14 03:59 PM
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Best thing you can do is wait a bit longer until they start getting ready for rut. They show their age much better then. But id say the top is 4yr old + from that pic. All you can go off in that pic is his face. Bottom deer looks to be 3

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Nice bucks btw

Re: Newb trying to learn to age deer [Re: SFAJacks89] #5259558 08/18/14 05:18 PM
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Get a copy of 'Aging and Judging Trophy Whitetails' by Dr James Kroll:

http://forestry.sfasu.edu/outreach/dr.-kroll-books-videos-3.html

For that matter get any/all of his books. I have enjoyed reading them all and keep referring to them. Very helpful. And, he's a good guy.

Re: Newb trying to learn to age deer [Re: SFAJacks89] #5259565 08/18/14 05:24 PM
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Re: Newb trying to learn to age deer [Re: SFAJacks89] #5259574 08/18/14 05:30 PM
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cut him open and count the rings


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Re: Newb trying to learn to age deer [Re: SFAJacks89] #5259586 08/18/14 05:41 PM
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welcome Need a couple of more pictures of each one.



Re: Newb trying to learn to age deer [Re: Hunt Dog] #5259686 08/18/14 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted By: Hunt Dog
Get a copy of 'Aging and Judging Trophy Whitetails' by Dr James Kroll:

http://forestry.sfasu.edu/outreach/dr.-kroll-books-videos-3.html

For that matter get any/all of his books. I have enjoyed reading them all and keep referring to them. Very helpful. And, he's a good guy.


Good advice^. And welcome to the forum. Without another angle to work from I'd agree that the top buck is 4.5+ and 2nd buck probably 3.5.


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Re: Newb trying to learn to age deer [Re: SFAJacks89] #5259738 08/18/14 07:13 PM
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To me the best thing to do is concentrate on your deer. Deer from one part of the state/county will look different than deer where your at. Deer that are Protein fed will look different than deer that are not on protein.

And like said above this is a tuff time of year to age a deer.


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Re: Newb trying to learn to age deer [Re: Navasot] #5259902 08/18/14 08:27 PM
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Re: Newb trying to learn to age deer [Re: SFAJacks89] #5259932 08/18/14 08:40 PM
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Here's another helpful link, but this is post shot...

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_bk_w7000_0755.pdf


Re: Newb trying to learn to age deer [Re: ChaseNTheHunt] #5259945 08/18/14 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted By: ChaseNTheHunt
Here's another helpful link, but this is post shot...

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_bk_w7000_0755.pdf


^^^This is true... but only after they are dead.


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