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#3066290 - 12/06/12 01:50 PM Mature buck (before and after)
CAW
6 Point


Registered: 09/12/10
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Loc: Huntsville, AL

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He won't score much, but I've been after him for 2 months. I'm guessing he's 4 1/2 or older. I love outsmarting an old deer. Just wish I got it on video!

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#3066295 - 12/06/12 01:53 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: CAW]
high country
10 Point


Registered: 11/24/02
Posts: 2813
Loc: Unicoi County

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Very Nice, Congrats...
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#3066299 - 12/06/12 01:54 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: CAW]
Grizzly Johnson
Team Grizzly
16 Point


Registered: 10/07/08
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I'm guessing 2.5-3.5...... still has a young look to him.... He is wide though, congrats on your success!!
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#3066326 - 12/06/12 02:13 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
Winchester
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Registered: 12/05/03
Posts: 27608
Loc: TN

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Congrats
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#3066339 - 12/06/12 02:24 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
CAW
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 Originally Posted By: Grizzly Johnson
I'm guessing 2.5-3.5...... still has a young look to him.... He is wide though, congrats on your success!!


Maybe a 3 1/2, but no way is this deer 2 1/2.

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#3066345 - 12/06/12 02:30 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: CAW]
Andy S.
TnDeer Old Timer
14 Point


Registered: 07/26/99
Posts: 7870
Loc: Atoka, TN

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Congrats!
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#3066380 - 12/06/12 02:53 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Andy S.]
easy45
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Registered: 11/06/07
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Loc: Chester County

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congrats
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#3066385 - 12/06/12 02:55 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: easy45]
Bigg E
4 Point


Registered: 10/21/10
Posts: 472
Loc: T-County

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Congrats, lots of character on that one
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#3066388 - 12/06/12 02:55 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: easy45]
Bone Collector
14 Point


Registered: 09/09/09
Posts: 8976
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

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Congrats!
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#3066397 - 12/06/12 03:07 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Bone Collector]
Hollar Hunter
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Registered: 11/05/10
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COngrats. I would guess 3.5
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#3066407 - 12/06/12 03:14 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Hollar Hunter]
bigtex
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 1730
Loc: Brush Creek

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Nice, congrats!
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#3066425 - 12/06/12 03:25 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: bigtex]
BSK
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Registered: 03/11/99
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Loc: Nashville, TN

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Great buck! Congrats!
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#3066450 - 12/06/12 03:42 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: BSK]
Bow Hunter
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Registered: 09/21/02
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Congrats on a great buck.
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#3066711 - 12/06/12 06:28 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Hollar Hunter]
tickweed
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Registered: 11/25/09
Posts: 4811
Loc: medon,Tn.

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Nice congrats
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#3066714 - 12/06/12 06:29 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Hollar Hunter]
northeasthunter
8 Point


Registered: 10/04/09
Posts: 1571
Loc: brentwood

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congrats
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#3066801 - 12/06/12 07:14 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: high country]
mountain man 71
10 Point


Registered: 10/08/09
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Loc: Talbott Tn.

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Congrats
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#3066802 - 12/06/12 07:15 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Hollar Hunter]
travle
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Registered: 10/16/12
Posts: 206
Loc: NW Tenn

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It still amazes how much mass velvet adds to antlers and how small bucks look in the summer. Then late summer early fall the velvet comes off and the mass is packed on to the body. If there were no antlers on a summer buck like the buck in this picture i would say that's a good size doe.
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#3066805 - 12/06/12 07:15 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: mountain man 71]
Dagger Buck
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Registered: 11/16/12
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Loc: Madison County

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congrats
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#3066822 - 12/06/12 07:21 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Hollar Hunter]
RAFI
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Registered: 12/20/09
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dam he must be old even his tines are sagging nice deer
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#3066833 - 12/06/12 07:25 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: RAFI]
recurve60#
4 Point


Registered: 10/22/08
Posts: 399
Loc: Rock Island

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Awesome!
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#3067145 - 12/06/12 09:55 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: recurve60#]
CAW
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Loc: Huntsville, AL

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Thanks guys, I appreciate it.

And Travie, I agree 100%. It's crazy how much they change in just a few months.

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#3067203 - 12/06/12 10:46 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: CAW]
plinker22
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Congrats CAW. Can you give us a couple of close ups of that left browtine. Very nice JUNK... I like.
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#3067280 - 12/07/12 04:36 AM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: plinker22]
tn droptine
8 Point


Registered: 10/10/08
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Loc: Chester Co, TN/Afghanistan

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I like that triple brow tine, that deer will make a really nice mount. Congrats! Shooter in anyone's book
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#3067299 - 12/07/12 05:12 AM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: high country]
MUP
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Registered: 08/01/07
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Loc: Just North of Chatt-town

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Niiice! Congrats!
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#3067386 - 12/07/12 07:02 AM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Hollar Hunter]
ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER
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Registered: 11/12/10
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Loc: FRANKLIN COUNTY

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great buck,congrats
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#3067427 - 12/07/12 07:36 AM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
Wes Parrish
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Registered: 06/12/02
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Loc: Knoxville-Dover-Union City, TN

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Congratulations! \:\)
And ANY mature buck is an outstanding trophy!

Can't say how mature that buck is based on those pics, but feel confident he's 3 1/2 or older.

A growing trend I'm seeing in my primary hunting area (Stewart Co., TN) is that many of the fully mature bucks are not scoring as high as many of of the harvested 2 1/2 and 3 1/2-yr-old bucks. It appears a majority of those bucks surviving to maturity are those bucks with smaller than average antlers, and most hunters had no desire to shoot them as 2 1/2 & 3 1/2-yr-old bucks. By contrast, those top-end larger antlered 2 1/2's are seldom surviving to 3 1/2. A very disappointing "trend" for those of us who enjoy seeing really large antlers on mature bucks.

For those of you who are members of QDMA, a prime example of what I'm referring to is the recent story in Quality Whitetails about the "Cow" buck. This buck survived season after season in an area of what sounded like moderately high hunting pressure, his survival thought to be mainly because he had small antlers. He was killed in 2011 (North Georgia) and aged at 15 1/2 years old by Matson's Lab.

http://www.qdma.com/articles/estimating-deer-age-with-cementum-annuli

http://www.qdma.com

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#3067562 - 12/07/12 08:47 AM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Hollar Hunter]
buttercup&daisy
4 Point


Registered: 11/07/12
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Loc: coffee county, tn

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Congrats
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#3067569 - 12/07/12 08:49 AM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Hollar Hunter]
Bayou Buck
10 Point


Registered: 05/11/09
Posts: 2691
Loc: Spring Hill / Perry Co

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Congrats!
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#3067686 - 12/07/12 09:48 AM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Hollar Hunter]
in the dog house!
14 Point


Registered: 11/29/12
Posts: 9390
Loc: west tn

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3.5 min. IMO very nice deer!!
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#3068178 - 12/07/12 03:02 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Hollar Hunter]
double browtine
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Registered: 12/04/10
Posts: 1604
Loc: north mid tn

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Nice buck! Congratulations!
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#3068360 - 12/07/12 05:46 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Hollar Hunter]
parkerxbowhunter
4 Point


Registered: 09/24/11
Posts: 382
Loc: humphreys county

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Awesome congratulations love the width
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#3068363 - 12/07/12 05:49 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Hollar Hunter]
Labboy
4 Point


Registered: 11/22/12
Posts: 142
Loc: Cannon County

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Congrats nice one.
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#3068377 - 12/07/12 05:56 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Labboy]
stryker
10 Point


Registered: 12/03/10
Posts: 4461
Loc: jonesborough, TN

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congrats!!
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#3070095 - 12/08/12 10:03 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: Hollar Hunter]
Banjo_84
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Registered: 11/30/12
Posts: 4
Loc: Tennessee

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Nice!
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