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#3768199 - 09/19/14 08:04 AM Aging help please
TNlandowner
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I'm hoping this fella lives another year. He has a good chance if I can convince the neighbors that he is only 2.5 years old.

Notice the split G2 on his left antler. The right antler has a bump, which could indicate both G2's could split next year.

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#3768217 - 09/19/14 08:16 AM Re: Aging help please [Re: TNlandowner]
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Very good possibility that buck is already 4.
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#3768317 - 09/19/14 09:40 AM Re: Aging help please [Re: BSK]
richmanbarbeque
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BSK,
In detail can you explain why you think he could be 4? I only seen one indication that he was a mature buck. Not doubting, learning. Thanks

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#3768354 - 09/19/14 10:20 AM Re: Aging help please [Re: richmanbarbeque]
Wes Parrish
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I believe this buck is more likely 3 1/2 than 2 1/2, and do not disagree with BSK that he may be 4 1/2.

A 3 1/2 can easily look more like a 2 1/2 during the summer, and is actually more like just "3" anyway while in velvet. We're just properly "categorizing" for labeling consistency by using those "1/2's" when calling a 3-yr-old summer buck 3 1/2.

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#3768552 - 09/19/14 04:03 PM Re: Aging help please [Re: richmanbarbeque]
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 Originally Posted By: richmanbarbeque
BSK,
In detail can you explain why you think he could be 4? I only seen one indication that he was a mature buck. Not doubting, learning. Thanks


Right now, I lean towards 3 1/2. But summer bucks can really fool you. Quite often they look like a completely different animal from August to October. As Wes pointed out, often a 3 1/2 looks like a 2 1/2 in summer, and a 4 1/2 looks like a 3 1/2.

Again, right now, I see more characteristics of 3 1/2 than 4 1/2. But that buck sure has a lot of chest depth. And at this time of year, a 3 1/2 should have a fairly narrow waist, and that buck doesn't. I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up having classic 4 1/2 body conformation come late September or early October. In fact, right now I give better than even odds he turns out to be 4 1/2, hence my previously posted age estimation.

But you were correct in seeing a lot of 3 1/2 characteristics in him NOW.
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#3768983 - 09/20/14 07:59 AM Re: Aging help please [Re: BSK]
TNlandowner
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I need a lot of practice aging the 2.5 - 3.5 year old bucks. I think my mistake was looking at how long his legs look compared to his body. Here's another picture that may help. I could see him as 3.5 if the buck in the background is 2.5?

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