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#3067145 - 12/06/12 09:55 PM Re: Mature buck (before and after) [Re: recurve60#]
CAW
6 Point


Registered: 09/12/10
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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
16 Point


Registered: 02/07/05
Posts: 12856
Loc: Mountians of East Tennessee

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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
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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
Posts: 46259
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
16 Point


Registered: 11/12/10
Posts: 12849
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
16 Point


Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 19448
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
Posts: 343
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: 2723
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!
16 Point


Registered: 11/29/12
Posts: 10240
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: 1727
Loc: Cheatham/Montgomery County

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Nice buck! Congratulations!
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