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#3319807 - 08/11/13 10:47 PM Deer weight question
browtines
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If a buck weighs 130 lbs live weight today, how much weight will he put on before the rut. Taking in consideration that he is a 3.5 yr old with unlimited soybean fields as food source? Anybody got a guess or any data out there to show. Just wondering.
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#3319818 - 08/11/13 11:08 PM Re: Deer weight question [Re: browtines]
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145 - 150
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#3319822 - 08/11/13 11:22 PM Re: Deer weight question [Re: Eric Kilby]
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Since he has had all Spring and Summer with lots of healthy feed and is already 3 1/2 years old, I wouldn't think a buck could gain much at all before the rut since that's just about 3 months out. Maybe 5 or 10 pounds at most.
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#3319825 - 08/11/13 11:32 PM Re: Deer weight question [Re: Hunter 257W]
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 Originally Posted By: Hunter 257W
Since he has had all Spring and Summer with lots of healthy feed and is already 3 1/2 years old, I wouldn't think a buck could gain much at all before the rut since that's just about 3 months out. Maybe 5 or 10 pounds at most.


Deer fluff up pretty quick. Necks swell, coats get much thicker, and like many other animals fat is created for warmth.


Edited by Master Chief (08/11/13 11:34 PM)
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#3319826 - 08/11/13 11:32 PM Re: Deer weight question [Re: Hunter 257W]
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I just want to know how you got him onto a scale with all those bean fields around distracting him.
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#3319836 - 08/12/13 12:08 AM Re: Deer weight question [Re: Southern Sportsman]
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looking at a 3.5 year old buck's neck now and during the rut, plus the fat and extra muscle all over, I'd guess at least 20 lbs, maybe more
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#3319949 - 08/12/13 07:24 AM Re: Deer weight question [Re: catman529]
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I've seen no data on this. However, considering how much weight a buck can lose during the rut, I would think the increase from now until the rut would be substantial. Everyone must remember bucks do not have a constant hormone production like we humans do. Bucks will soon go from being almost chemically emasculated to super 'roided up, which allows for substantial muscle gain.
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#3320086 - 08/12/13 10:00 AM Re: Deer weight question [Re: BSK]
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Unless he contracts some disease, he will gain 11.73 pounds over 97 days. He will lose approximately 45-pounds if it is a severe rut. If it is a relaxed rut, the weight loss will be 31.77-pounds. That will then be regained between Jan 5 and March 11.
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#3320154 - 08/12/13 11:12 AM Re: Deer weight question [Re: bowriter]
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I was thinking like a cattle farmer as far as eddible meat gain - didn't think of the big testosterone surge and neck muscle gain in a whitetail. Yeah, 20 or more lbs is believable when you think about it.
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#3320372 - 08/12/13 02:33 PM Re: Deer weight question [Re: Hunter 257W]
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 Originally Posted By: Hunter 257W
Yeah, 20 or more lbs is believable when you think about it.


I would say several times that. A buck can lose 30% of his total body weight in the 4-6 weeks of the rut (that's 60 lbs for a 200 lb rut-weight buck), and post-rut, bucks don't look as "small" as they do now.
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