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#3094966 - 12/25/12 12:57 PM This one has me puzzled?
Good time Charlie
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I want to say 3.5 ..but he is a healthy one.






So what do you guys think?
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#3095002 - 12/25/12 01:32 PM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: Good time Charlie]
W.Seay
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At least 2.5 but no older than 3.5
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#3095017 - 12/25/12 01:45 PM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: W.Seay]
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2.5
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#3095029 - 12/25/12 02:04 PM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: bowhunter163]
tnbucs1
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3.5 is my guess. I would be surprised if it were any younger.
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#3095465 - 12/25/12 09:04 PM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: Good time Charlie]
encore06
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looks like a mature buck to me, very good body size for your area. Hope you get a chance at him Charlie
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#3095545 - 12/25/12 10:20 PM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: encore06]
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3.5
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#3095813 - 12/26/12 08:50 AM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: easy45]
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At least 3 1/2 and possibly 4 1/2.

But he's also a prime example of why you should never use antler size to judge age.

Here's another example. Look at the scrawny rack on this 3 1/2 year-old.

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#3096005 - 12/26/12 10:46 AM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: BSK]
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3.5 year old 5 point...take em!
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#3096137 - 12/26/12 12:49 PM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: Relentless]
Good time Charlie
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He is a 6 ,and he will go down if I see him....I have pictures of at least 8 different 6 point bucks this year ,they are all unique with different color racks ,or scars and old injury's

Here is a couple more



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#3096265 - 12/26/12 02:38 PM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: Good time Charlie]
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I did not see the other brow tine.

Sounds like you've got a string of mature deer that don't throw alot of tines. We have seen several pics of mature six points on our lease as well.
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#3096343 - 12/26/12 03:55 PM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: Relentless]
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First pic looks 4.5 and second 3.5 to me.

It seems interesting that this deer and the one BSK posted noth have scarring on the neck. Those bucks sure were very active breeders
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#3096548 - 12/26/12 06:22 PM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: whistlinwingman]
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 Originally Posted By: whistlinwingman
It seems interesting that this deer and the one BSK posted noth have scarring on the neck. Those bucks sure were very active breeders


In DNA parentage studies, it's often found that the most active breeding bucks have average to below-average antlers for their age.
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#3096576 - 12/26/12 06:39 PM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: BSK]
Good time Charlie
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I was thinking the same thing, I have known for years that the subordinate bucks do most of the breeding ,But why are they all licking the same apple branch.
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#3096716 - 12/26/12 07:49 PM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: Relentless]
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3.5 .
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#3097264 - 12/27/12 09:02 AM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: Good time Charlie]
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 Originally Posted By: Good time Charlie
I have known for years that the subordinate bucks do most of the breeding...


Actually, they aren't the subordinate bucks, but the dominant bucks. Too many hunters assume that buck dominance is driven by antler size. Nothing could be further from the truth. Dominance is usually driven by body size and aggressiveness.


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But why are they all licking the same apple branch.


That is one way deer communicate--through licking branches, scrapes, rubs, etc. They do most of their social interaction through scent-marking.
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#3098213 - 12/27/12 08:08 PM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: Good time Charlie]
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He looks by body size to be big enough for 3.5 but if 2.5 then he is really exceptional in my opinion. Rack looks 1.5....lol.
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#3098766 - 12/28/12 09:21 AM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: Boone 58]
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None of the bucks pictured look to be 4.5 or fully mature. I would give them all the chance to atleast mature and see what they are before killing them without ever knowing their potential!
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#3102221 - 12/30/12 09:38 PM Re: This one has me puzzled? [Re: Relentless]
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shot em lol
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