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Ghost re-emerges #8982559 01/05/24 05:13 PM
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My Son-in-law has been managing a small farm outside of Athens for many years. Over that time, this buck has been a regular on the cameras, both pre-season, and, luckily, post-season. Because of his unique forks on both G-2's, we can identify pics of this deer for each of the 21-22-23 seasons, and know that he is mature. This year, as in years past, he was the celebrity on camera during the summer and early fall, only to become ghost around mid-October. Now, he has re-emerged. Which is awesome, because in a county where there are numerous small acreage farms, the likelihood that a neighbor might harvest is high. But here he is again. Sporting the fruits on my SIL's protein and most importantly, living another year to be celebrity. Here's my question to all the experts...How Old is He?

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Re: Ghost re-emerges [Re: HK9mm] #8982568 01/05/24 05:31 PM
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5+ from one pic

he is fluffed in that pic but you can see loose skin around face, chest and rear

Thats a hit lister


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Re: Ghost re-emerges [Re: HK9mm] #8982582 01/05/24 05:53 PM
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My first look says 6 easy. Great looking buck

Re: Ghost re-emerges [Re: HK9mm] #8982583 01/05/24 05:56 PM
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Good buck for muzzleloader season.


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Re: Ghost re-emerges [Re: HK9mm] #8982703 01/05/24 08:47 PM
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Re: Ghost re-emerges [Re: HK9mm] #8982715 01/05/24 09:04 PM
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A couple more daytime pics, one (and only) in early December, and one before season in October. Ya'll still like 5 going on 6?

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Re: Ghost re-emerges [Re: HK9mm] #8982721 01/05/24 09:19 PM
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They don't get big from being stupid.
Stay with it you'll get him.

Re: Ghost re-emerges [Re: HK9mm] #8982736 01/05/24 09:35 PM
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Had a carbon copy of that guy. He was there opening day but went nocturnal after that. Finally made a mistake wed mrng.

Re: Ghost re-emerges [Re: HK9mm] #8982737 01/05/24 09:38 PM
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Old enough, ground check him.



Re: Ghost re-emerges [Re: HK9mm] #8982760 01/05/24 10:17 PM
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Shoot. The. Deer.


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Re: Ghost re-emerges [Re: Creekrunner] #8982766 01/05/24 10:25 PM
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SIL has been trying, but he keeps putting the slip on him. Looks like it may be next year...ha.

Re: Ghost re-emerges [Re: HK9mm] #8982862 01/06/24 02:49 AM
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6.5 thick

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Re: Ghost re-emerges [Re: HK9mm] #8983338 01/07/24 05:03 AM
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Every bit of 6 years old

Low hanging sack

Need to plug him rifle

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Re: Ghost re-emerges [Re: HK9mm] #8983405 01/07/24 01:37 PM
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Easy 6.5. Our experience has been that they slowly decline after this, especially if there is a harsh summer. If you are feeding year around that will help.


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Re: Ghost re-emerges [Re: HK9mm] #8983482 01/07/24 04:38 PM
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6 would be my guess, good old deer. I’m sure your SIL doesn’t mind him breeding, depending on the goals for the ranch.



Re: Ghost re-emerges [Re: HK9mm] #8983798 01/08/24 06:42 AM
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Looks good and healthy for January. I'd say he is 6.5 or more but no less than 5.5. He must call the SIL place home and go looking for doe when he gets into breeding time, then back home.

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