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Age & score please #7661166 11/13/19 10:54 PM
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I might have messed up. Was hunting last weekend on a friends high game fence ranch with the intention of shooting a couple does. My buddies dad was there & he said it was ok to shoot a buck as long as it was mature. Well, Saturday morning I saw the deer in the right corner of the picture. BEAUTIFUL BUCK. Mainframe 10 point with lots mass & stickers. He was chasing a doe in & out of the brush but I could have killed him at 125 yards but I guessed him at 3 1/2 years old so I didn't shoot. Did I screw up? Having sleepless nights as I keep thinking about this deer & don't know if or when I will be invited back out there to hunt. Would love your thoughts on age.

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Re: Age & score please [Re: TXhogkilr] #7661171 11/13/19 10:57 PM
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Not the best pic but he looks 5+ to me

You got to see some nice bucks!


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Re: Age & score please [Re: TXhogkilr] #7661201 11/13/19 11:21 PM
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Hard to say from the one pic but looks to be at least 4 1/2.

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The 5x5 buck on the right? He is a 3 yr old the other buck on the left, the 6x6?? looks older and like 5 from that pic.


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Re: Age & score please [Re: TXhogkilr] #7661378 11/14/19 02:23 AM
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5+ and 4 on left and right bucks

Re: Age & score please [Re: stxranchman] #7661536 11/14/19 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by stxranchman
The 5x5 buck on the right? He is a 3 yr old the other buck on the left, the 6x6?? looks older and like 5 from that pic.

You did good, only a 3 year old IMO......


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Re: Age & score please [Re: TXhogkilr] #7661563 11/14/19 12:29 PM
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Both in front look 3. the one in the back probably 4.


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Re: Age & score please [Re: TXhogkilr] #7661780 11/14/19 04:09 PM
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I think you did good. My estimate is 3.5 but he could be 4.5. Take that with a grain of salt though. I hunt east texas and regional differences in deer can make a difference. Nice buck. Most of the time it’s best to trust your gut. When you start talking yourself into an age older than your initial impression, it can lead to disappointment. In the scenario you describe, I would recommend asking the landowner about the deer in question. It is likely he is familiar with that animal.

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Re: Age & score please [Re: TXhogkilr] #7661819 11/14/19 04:30 PM
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In my experience it's best to not shoot if there's any doubt when you're a guest at another ranch. You may regret it now, but I like your decision



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