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#3033060 - 11/14/12 12:47 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: String Music]
BlountArrow
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Wow, guys I definitely have some age studying to do as I would not have imagined he was that old. Maybe I can down me a big Mountain Buck here like ol' String Music. We do have a couple places that are fortunately off limits just by the natural lay of the terrain, but something I need to be more serious about indeed.
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#3033103 - 11/14/12 01:09 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: BlountArrow]
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At least 4 1/2. Might be 5 1/2.
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#3033117 - 11/14/12 01:14 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: BSK]
BlountArrow
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
At least 4 1/2. Might be 5 1/2.


Excellent, I was hoping you might chime in. Well, just goes to show like you have said...you can't go by the antlers. He's a trophy to me for a lot of reasons but doesn't sport a trophy rack to some guys on here I'm sure. I'd be thrilled to take him personally.
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#3033129 - 11/14/12 01:19 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: BlountArrow]
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I would be thrilled to take ANY mature buck, even if both antlers were broken off!
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#3033135 - 11/14/12 01:21 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: String Music]
BigD_625
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Glad to help. Great deer!!! Hope you get him.
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#3033142 - 11/14/12 01:24 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: BSK]
BlountArrow
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
I would be thrilled to take ANY mature buck, even if both antlers were broken off!


Couldn't agree more. I used to not think that way earlier in my hunting career.
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#3033202 - 11/14/12 02:02 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: BlountArrow]
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Fully mature imo!
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#3033260 - 11/14/12 02:43 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: Winchester]
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Awesome mature deer. My guess would be 4.5
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#3033353 - 11/14/12 04:12 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: String Music]
travle
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I didn't see the second deer in the picture, but he is displaying some dominance for sure. He's ears looked pinned back, and his neck looks a little swollen.
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#3033360 - 11/14/12 04:22 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: BlountArrow]
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 Originally Posted By: BlountArrow
He's a trophy to me for a lot of reasons but doesn't sport a trophy rack to some guys on here I'm sure. I'd be thrilled to take him personally.



I believe he would be a nice trophy for a lot of folks. He would be for me also, as i don't see a lot of bucks this size. The only thing i see he could be lacking in is his mass. Maybe if mass is a concern for you, might not be, you could put out several mineral locations to help future bucks produce heavier racks. I know a personal friend of mine that puts out mineral lick locations that he mixes into the ground. Those deer have those spots tore up to the size of a truck hood or bigger and have it dug out pretty deep.

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