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Definition of a Mature Buck

Postby gtk » Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:28 pm

I got permission to copy these from tndeer.com (from the serious deer hunting forum). This is is a picture perfect definition of a fully mature whitetail deer. This deer is 5+ years old.

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Re: Definition of a Mature Buck

Postby jbullard1 » Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:08 pm

Undoubtedly I'm missing something here :W:

If thats all he is at 5 1/2 he should have been shot at 1 1/2
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Re: Definition of a Mature Buck

Postby gtk » Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:25 pm

jbullard1 wrote:Undoubtedly I'm missing something here :W:

If thats all he is at 5 1/2 he should have been shot at 1 1/2


The point was being made over on tndeer with this pic, and i should have stated it here, that you absolutely cannot age a deer by antler size alone...
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Re: Definition of a Mature Buck

Postby Part Time Hunter » Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:46 pm

gtk wrote:
The point was being made over on tndeer with this pic, and i should have stated it here, that you absolutely cannot age a deer by antler size alone...


gtk, with that being said, would you let a young (2.5 yr old) buck walk if he were gonna be the biggest rack you've ever taken? The reson I ask is because the biggest rack I've ever taken was from a 2.5 yr old, I've killed a few older deer but they had less in the antler dept.
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Re: Definition of a Mature Buck

Postby gtk » Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:54 pm

Part Time Hunter wrote:gtk, with that being said, would you let a young (2.5 yr old) buck walk if he were gonna be the biggest rack you've ever taken?


Heck no! If he's bigger that what I got on the wall, or I haven't killed a decent buck in a while, he's going down :)

I'm not one who goes along the thinking lines of "He's got to be 3.5+ years to kill" . No way..

The last several deer I have killed have mostly been 1.5 - 2.5 year deer.
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Re: Definition of a Mature Buck

Postby Part Time Hunter » Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:01 pm

I'm with you on that. I haven't killed anything less than an 8 point in several years but its because I've been lucky. A couple of them just happened to be the lucky first comer on a day I went to kill instead of hunt.
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Re: Definition of a Mature Buck

Postby gtk » Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:26 pm

If I had a couple thousand acres, I may be more likely to let a realllllly good 2.5 year old walk :W: (wishful thinking)
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Re: Definition of a Mature Buck

Postby Part Time Hunter » Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:35 pm

I've had those good years when I would let a good buck slip by, but it was mostly because I had a freezer full already and was tired of skinning deer.
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Re: Definition of a Mature Buck

Postby blong » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:42 am

Had several members say this is a 2.5 year old. I do not think so, sway back, pot belly, big front end, lot of dark hair between antlers and down back. I may be wrong but just because his rack is small, does not make him young.
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