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#3033364 - 11/14/12 04:32 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: travle]
plinker22
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BSK has a class on Aging Deer on the Hoof. It was the beginning of my learning to age bucks. You can also find many pictures on the internet. However, timing makes all the difference. In the late Fall, near the rut, bucks are much easier to age.

Your buck... very mature. Neck, chest, gut, hams, short legs, antler bases: all point to Mature Deer.

Hope to see his jaw-bone soon. \:D Hope you get him.
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#3033388 - 11/14/12 04:51 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: travle]
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 Originally Posted By: travle
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.


Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence what-so-ever that mineral supplementation does anything for deer or antler growth.
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#3033462 - 11/14/12 06:12 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: BSK]
travle
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I'm sorry, but i just don't see how minerals that you buy from Co-op that support animal health wouldn't support a deer's health. Every animal needs nutrients to support a healthy body. Even we do.
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#3033494 - 11/14/12 06:39 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: travle]
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 Originally Posted By: travle
I'm sorry, but i just don't see how minerals that you buy from Co-op that support animal health wouldn't support a deer's health. Every animal needs nutrients to support a healthy body. Even we do.


Yet there is no evidence those minerals are even digestible by deer let alone actually do anything. And I promise you, mineral supplementation makers have tried to produce evidence of health improvements. So far, nada.
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#3033766 - 11/14/12 10:09 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: BlountArrow]
String Music
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 Originally Posted By: BlountArrow
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.


Figure out where he beds and your chances of harvesting will increase. Do you have a topo of your property?
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#3033797 - 11/14/12 10:58 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: String Music]
tikkashooter
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Brother I hunt here in Blount and the best buck I have seen was an 8 this year and he wasn't near as big as the smallest of those three. I would say they are all shooters around here for sure!
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#3033800 - 11/14/12 11:00 PM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: String Music]
deerhunter10
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Imo he's 3.5 he doesn't seem to have the mass of a 4.5 or 5.5 deer we have killed 3.5 year olds before and field dressed over 200 pounds so can't just go off of body. He has a good good body but not much mass for me to say he is above 3.5. Imo
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#3033868 - 11/15/12 05:34 AM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED - UPDATE [Re: deerhunter10]
BlountArrow
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So, I ran out real quick yesterday to grab a trail cam that is in a different spot than these night time photos and guess who strolled through at 9:50am on Mon 11/12 and guess who strolled through yesterday evening at 4:58pm. Yes, sir - this buck right here. "Unfortunately", I have prior hunting commitments with a friend and his family elsewhere so my brother and I did some serious figuring last night and hopefully my brother can get on this buck. We already have a stand in the day time photos location and you can slip into it very quietly. If the wind is right maybe my brother will get him Saturday. But, things never seem to go exactly as planned.
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#3033889 - 11/15/12 06:01 AM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED [Re: String Music]
HOOK
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Very....I'd put him at 6.5
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#3033896 - 11/15/12 06:13 AM Re: Mature buck or not?...PICS ADDED - UPDATE [Re: String Music]
BlountArrow
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 Originally Posted By: String Music
 Originally Posted By: BlountArrow
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.


Figure out where he beds and your chances of harvesting will increase. Do you have a topo of your property?


Now that I have daytime photos we're hoping we can make it happen. I have a pretty good idea of where he could be bedding. The only maps I have of the property are off of the property assessor's website - but I grew up here so I know the lay of the land from years of boot work.
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