So I have this deer on camera. I can't make him from any deer from years past, and I'm stumped on his age. He's certainly bigger body and rack than the other deer I have, but I'm not sold on his age. Would appreciate any help. I'm just north of the hill country if that helps.
Thanks guy's. My initial guess was 4.5, but I had one like him a few years ago that I passed on. Then the following year he looked 8.5 and sure enough a buddy got him, and he was ancient in age. Aging isn't a skill set I posses.
dfins, sometimes you have those tall lanky bucks that won't show age like the rest of the herd. When you said this buck was bigger bodied than the rest of the group, I figured he was one of the tall ones that just don't show that squatty old look well.
This is why aging from a single picture is difficult, or aging from a single visit is difficult, unless there are other deer around to give reference. Most of the time when you see a yearling or 2 yo next to a more mature buck the difference is obvious. But in isolation, they can look almost the same age. Its tricky, but also the fun of aging.
I'm not seeing anything that is telling me he is post mature at all. He still a little leggy, very slick at the neck/chest area without any drop in the chest. His face doesn't look to have a lot of age either.
Looks like a 4 year old to me as well.
High fence, low fence, no fence, it really doesn't matter as long as you're hunting!
At first glance I said 5 immediately from the first pic. He has a lot of width and depth in the brisket and is setting down on his hooves. Would not be shocked if he looked much older in another 3 weeks or so.