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#3388325 - 10/04/13 10:20 PM Re: Shoot him? [Re: Gravey]
KANATI McD
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Here is a pic in early August. I have some recent video of him out of velvet. He is basically a lot taller with mass. I figure he's around 100".
I'm not to good one guessing age, but I know a mature one when I see it.
How old do y'all think he is?
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#3388359 - 10/04/13 11:25 PM Re: Shoot him? [Re: KANATI McD]
in the dog house!
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For sure 4.5 maybe 5.5
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#3388386 - 10/05/13 03:10 AM Re: Shoot him? [Re: in the dog house!]
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I say get him early if you can. Was his rack ever bigger than it is now? Genetic potential is whatever he was at his largest rack. If he had a big rack a couple of years ago then he will pass those genes on. If he stayed around 100 inches then he will pass on 100 inch genes.

Heck you got more than one tag. Let one with better headgear make it to next year and get bigger. Good luck. That dude is gonna make a lot of sausage!!

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#3388400 - 10/05/13 05:09 AM Re: Shoot him? [Re: tasaman]
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Personally I would kill the big pig old deer. I really don't hunt just for horns though, my main objective is food in the freezer and killing a pig like that puts a big dent in the space I have for deer this year. I say you let one of the younger ones walk and it might get 140-150 next year and take out the old man.
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#3388529 - 10/05/13 07:58 AM Re: Shoot him? [Re: Inkstainz]
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You shoot what you want


However;I bet you don't get a chance at the 5.5 yo deer. (This is the challenge that people enjoy with older deer)

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#3388543 - 10/05/13 08:06 AM Re: Shoot him? [Re: Nhill]
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Very few 4 1/2 + year old deer will have 200" of antler.
Very few hunters ever gets a chance to kill a 4 1/2 + year old deer either.

Good luck !
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#3388592 - 10/05/13 08:50 AM Re: Shoot him? [Re: @fulldraw]
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 Originally Posted By: @fulldraw
Do what makes you happy.


What @fulldraw said. If antler score makes you happy, shoot for that. If age makes you happy, shoot for that.
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#3388595 - 10/05/13 08:51 AM Re: Shoot him? [Re: BSK]
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No scientific evidence exists that large-antlered bucks produce large-antlered offspring, or that small-antlered bucks produce small-antlered offspring. In fact, just the opposite is true, small and large-antlered bucks produce male offspring of all sizes and shapes.
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#3388602 - 10/05/13 08:56 AM Re: Shoot him? [Re: tasaman]
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 Originally Posted By: tasaman
Genetic potential is whatever he was at his largest rack.


Genetic "potential" is what the buck COULD grow given perfect conditions and maximum food. What the buck actually grew is maximum expression based on his living conditions and nutritional intake. Maximum expression is always less than potential.


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If he had a big rack a couple of years ago then he will pass those genes on. If he stayed around 100 inches then he will pass on 100 inch genes.


No scientific evidences exists that the above statement is true. In fact, just the opposite is true.
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#3388605 - 10/05/13 08:57 AM Re: Shoot him? [Re: KANATI McD]
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 Originally Posted By: KANATI McD
Here is a pic in early August.


Honestly KANATI, in that picture, I don't see a buck older than 3 1/2.
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