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Age and score estimate

Postby ZachMarkus » Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:58 am

I know the score and have an idea on his age. What are your thoughts?
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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby JCDEERMAN » Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:33 pm

Hard to tell on age, especially it being during the summer and the angle, but brisket tells me atleast 4.5 off this picture alone.

I'd guess 133"
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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby String Music » Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:40 pm

Definitely a tough picture to age him from. With that being said, he’s at least 4.5 but I’m leaning towards 5.5 based on his chest, waistline and overall girth. Also hard to score in velvet, but I’d say between 142-148.


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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby megalomaniac » Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:50 pm

Mature, 137in. Short brows and g3s hurt score, beam length and mass helps a bit.

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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby Andy S. » Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:40 pm

Mature and 132-134” gross hard horn. Great frame on him. Pretty buck that’ll look good on the wall.
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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby tn24 » Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:32 pm

129" Pretty buck
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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby cbhunter » Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:36 pm

5.5 135 is my guess.

Give us a hard horn or kill pic before you tell us the score
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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby JBell » Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:58 pm

127” and 4.5. Very nice deer!! Wanna see the kill pic if you know the score
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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby ZachMarkus » Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:44 pm

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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby megalomaniac » Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:16 am

I'd go 5.5 based on the hard horn pics

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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby Andy S. » Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:32 am

Show us a kill pic. He likes to move in daylight, which isn’t in his favor. :)
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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby ZachMarkus » Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:18 am

Lots of history with this buck, he seemed to be more active in daylight this year than the past couple of years. He was either 5.5 or 6.5 depending on how old he was the first year he showed up on camera. I had a good idea where he could be killed and I sent my BIL in there one evening when the conditions were right and he killed him on the first sit, he pushed some does right by him.

Gross score 132”
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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby Andy S. » Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:43 am

Thanks ZM. From those pics, I’d guess 6.5 this season. You have any pics of his teeth? Not so much for aging, but I like to look at tooth wear on older bucks that we know are 5.5/6.5 based on trail cam pics. For some 5.5/6.5 bucks, their teeth will look 3.5/4.5, which is so hard to get others to see/accept with TR&W aging method. Not always, but sometimes.
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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby ZachMarkus » Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:48 am

Andy S. wrote:Thanks ZM. From those pics, I’d guess 6.5 this season. You have any pics of his teeth? Not so much for aging, but I like to look at tooth wear on older bucks that we know are 5.5/6.5 based on trail cam pics. For some 5.5/6.5 bucks, their teeth will look 3.5/4.5, which is so hard to get others to see/accept with TR&W aging method. Not always, but sometimes.


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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby cbhunter » Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:55 am

Based on those pics I agree with Andy. 6.5 years old according to those pics. It amazes me that you have daylight pics of him every year. I'm doing something wrong with my cams lol

Super cool to have so much history and kill him that many years down the line. That is rare.
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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby megalomaniac » Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:55 am

Awesome post! I'd agree. Def 6.5yo. Looks like he didnt add a single inch of score from 4.5 till this year at 6.5 (which is actually not that unusual in free ranging deer with excellent nutrition from birth). But a huge jump from 3.5 to 4.5 (again typical in my experience)

Now in areas with poor nutrition, one would expect a decent jump from 4.5 to 5.5.

Glad you guys got him, great buck to take!

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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER » Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:39 pm

Beautiful buck for sure
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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby Stykbow » Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:23 pm

What’s really cool here is the goodwill to put someone else on a buck like that. Especially a BIL. Kudos to you for that. You must have a good one. I just want to punch my BIL in the baby maker.


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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby TNTreeman » Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:36 pm

Zach is a good dude and a legend in Lawrence county.
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Re: Age and score estimate

Postby double browtine » Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:13 pm

That is a great buck! Congrats to your BIL! You are a good dude putting him on a buck like that! I guessed him at 135 and 5.5 before I read through the whole thread.
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