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#3247088 - 05/15/13 10:34 AM Re: Hey BSK [Re: woodsman87]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: woodsman87
I have no idea how people tell a deer from year to year unless its rack looks the same.

Think in terms that each buck's antlers are about as unique as each man's fingerprint (at least typically when studying 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 and older bucks).

A large percentage of healthy 2 1/2-yr-old bucks will be "mainframe" 8-pointers. However, typically there will be very noticeable differences in configuration once you train yourself to look. Differences such as curvature are a good example. Note whether the main beams curve up or down as they protrude forward; note whether they curve more inward or more straight forward. Note the curvature of the tines, particularly the G-2's and G-3's. Note the curvature of the G-1's.

Look for the presence of budding new points or stickers. This is often what appears as a "bump" or an erupting tine less than 1/2" above the the beam (or tine) from which erupting. Say you see about a 1/4" "bump" somewhere on the main beam of a 2 1/2-yr-old buck. Next year when he's 3 1/2, there should be something of more prominence in exactly the same spot.

And while we don't have the opportunity to put a tape measure on a living buck's antlers, it can be obvious when a particular buck has relatively short or long tines. So not only do you look for tine length, but compare each of the buck's tines to his other tines for relative length. If his left G-2 is significantly shorter (and not due to breakage) than his right G-2, that trait should carry ongoing year-to-year.

Also, once we're looking at 3 1/2 & older bucks, they tend to become more individually unique in their antler configurations.

Sure, there are exceptions to everything, but these generalizations usually hold true.

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#3247094 - 05/15/13 10:41 AM Re: Hey BSK [Re: Wes Parrish]
Wes Parrish
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One thing I do first when trying to identify a particular buck on an ongoing basis: Simply look for the single most unique feature of that buck's antlers.

When you look at this one, what stands out as being most unique with his configuration? Can you see why I named him "CrossBeams", shorted to "CB"?


Or what stands out as being the most unique feature of this old buck's antlers?

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#3247097 - 05/15/13 10:43 AM Re: Hey BSK [Re: Wes Parrish]
woodsman87
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Registered: 09/27/12
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Yes Wes, I agree with you. I was just saying how can some hunters claim to know that this little spike or four pointer grew up to be the 220" deer that I killed yesterday, without a noticable marking on the skin or somthing.

I think that once they get 2-1/2+ that they start having the same rack every year, just adding inches and an extra point or so. But them yearling bucks to 2-1/2, Most of the times there can be no way to tell.

Sorry if I seem sarcastic, but I have heard people say that. Just one of them things that I do not believe in.

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#3247100 - 05/15/13 10:45 AM Re: Hey BSK [Re: Wes Parrish]
woodsman87
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
One thing I do first when trying to identify a particular buck on an ongoing basis: Simply look for the single most unique feature of that buck's antlers.

When you look at this one, what stands out as being most unique with his configuration? Can you see why I named him "CrossBeams", shorted to "CB"?


The most noticable thing to me immediately is that I would shoot him dead and mount him!!!

Haha, yes I see his main beams crossing one another, very uniqu and easy to distinguish from others.

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#3247113 - 05/15/13 10:55 AM Re: Hey BSK [Re: woodsman87]
Wes Parrish
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Here's another pic of that "drooping beam" buck above.
Note how his right main beam goes downward (a lot more than most) while his left main beam goes upward -- very unique.

Also notice from this pic the presence of "stickers" on his left G-1. While these stickers would not be so noticeable from a distance, the drooping right beam was very noticeable when I saw him for just a split second at 150 yards.
I had named this buck "Cal" due to the large amount of calcium deposits on his antler bases.

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#3247115 - 05/15/13 11:00 AM Re: Hey BSK [Re: Wes Parrish]
woodsman87
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
Here's another pic of that "drooping beam" buck above.
Note how his right main beam goes downward (a lot more than most) while his left main beam goes upward -- very unique.

Also notice from this pic the presence of "stickers" on his left G-1. While these stickers would not be so noticeable from a distance, the drooping right beam was very noticeable when I saw him for just a split second at 150 yards.
I had named this buck "Cal" due to the large amount of calcium deposits on his antler bases.


Yes I can see the distinction in both bucks. I just don't ever see or get on camera anything big enough to pay attention too.

You have some nice bucks. I have never seen with my eyes or on camera one that big and I been deer hunting for about 15 years and have always lived in the countryside.

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#3248313 - 05/16/13 08:38 PM Re: Hey BSK [Re: Boll Weevil]
Big Gun
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 Originally Posted By: Boll Weevil
Choot!! Choot'em Alizabeth!!

I'll be glad to help you choot 'em if you need another hunter, after all, I am looking for another place.

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#3249915 - 05/19/13 08:06 AM Re: Hey BSK [Re: Wes Parrish]
Mike Belt
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Al----Is this Granville's place you're talking about? It sounds like his son took it over if so.
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#3249948 - 05/19/13 08:36 AM Re: Hey BSK [Re: Mike Belt]
280longshot
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Mike
Yes it is Granville's place.
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#3249956 - 05/19/13 08:39 AM Re: Hey BSK [Re: 280longshot]
280longshot
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Mike
The latest is he wants only 3 deer/person, 2 bucks 1 doe only.
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