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#521263 - 12/08/07 09:11 AM BSK???
12 Point

Registered: 06/03/04
Posts: 5133
Loc: Southern Wayne CO and NW Alaba...


How come in QW magazine, you panelist are so inconsistant when aging those pics?

Some will have age ranges from 2.5-5.5 it seems. Lots from 3.5-5.5.

ARe those other guys that bad because I'm certain you are the right one. lol \:D
Official BTR Scorer in NW Alabama and southern middle Tennessee

#521268 - 12/08/07 09:29 AM Re: BSK??? [Re: AlabamaSwamper]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65979
Loc: Nashville, TN

I sure hope I'm right!

The the biggest difference is where each of the panelists work geographically. There can be fairly significant differences in body conformation of same-age bucks in the South, Midwest and North. A northern sub-species buck puts on much more body mass at a young age than a Deep South buck.

When looking at articles/books about field-judging buck age that were produced in TX, those bucks look about a year younger than bucks in TN do. A 3 1/2 year-old buck in TX looks much like a 2 1/2 year-old buck in TN. With Deep South bucks it's even worse. A mature buck from the panhandle of FL will look a lot like a 3 1/2 year-old buck from TN. On the flip-side, a yearling buck from WI can look like a 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 year-old buck from TN.

But even when looking at bucks you are most familiar with, field-judging age is an inexact science. When I get the chance to tooth-wear age a buck I have a lot of trail-cam pictures of, I got the field-judged age right probably only around 80% of the time.
"Know where you stand, and stand there" --Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan

"There is no reasoning someone out of a position he has not reasoned himself into." --Clive James

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