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Bull in Velvet. Potential?
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Contributors to this thread:
trophyhill 11-Jun-18
BullBuster 11-Jun-18
'Ike' (Phone) 11-Jun-18
tradmt 11-Jun-18
trophyhill 11-Jun-18
BullBuster 11-Jun-18
trophyhill 11-Jun-18
BullBuster 11-Jun-18
Junior 11-Jun-18
ohiohunter 11-Jun-18
Matte 11-Jun-18
TrapperKayak 11-Jun-18
Ucsdryder 11-Jun-18
Stoneman 11-Jun-18
splitlimb13 11-Jun-18
mrelite 11-Jun-18
trophyhill 11-Jun-18
TD 12-Jun-18
Junior 12-Jun-18
trophyhill 12-Jun-18
ELKMAN 12-Jun-18
bighorn 12-Jun-18
trophyhill 12-Jun-18
From: trophyhill
11-Jun-18

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5 point bull in Velvet. June 9 with about a month and a half of growth ahead. Back tines just starting to develop. What will this bull become?

From: BullBuster
11-Jun-18
not much. no mass

11-Jun-18
Crazy fronts...I like it!

From: tradmt
11-Jun-18
Potentially 250ish# of red meat.

From: trophyhill
11-Jun-18
Mass doesn't mean a whole lot on scores. It's all about tine length and width.....

From: BullBuster
11-Jun-18
mass indicates maturity

From: trophyhill
11-Jun-18
Gotcha :) does mass show up this early?

From: BullBuster
11-Jun-18
mass shows up immediately and June is not real early. Tines that are going to grow a lot have bobbed ends. This bull's don't. He's a raghorn. Really nice fronts, but backs are weak. Hopefully i'll be proven wrong, but i follow lots of elk every year.

From: Junior
11-Jun-18
Dink, Why? Maybe because he's eating dirt! lmao

From: ohiohunter
11-Jun-18
Just pray he gets through the season, he has potential. The depth of his chest doesn't seem to match his mass, but then again it has been a dry year. The length he has so far looks good, outstanding fronts and already has decent 3rds.

Has anyone here studied antler growth? How much do the tines 1-3 grow after the 4ths have split off? Is it just me or does it seem that they grow these lower tines out first then they seemingly stop (or grow very little) then continue to grow the rest? Like a house foundation up.

From: Matte
11-Jun-18
Awesome to be in a location to scout. I read a few years back if you don't live in your hunting area and are able to scout shoot the first legal animal you get a chance at.

From: TrapperKayak
11-Jun-18
I'm thinking he'll fizzle out to a basic five with very long brows. No mass as said, there should be a fat glob of bloody velvet on the upper end if he was going to have anything on the back end. I see very little there, potentially.

From: Ucsdryder
11-Jun-18
Two weeks ago I saw one with beams at least a foot longer in a non trophy area. I don’t see much there. Just don’t look like it but I’m definitely not an expert. From what I’ve seen watching trail cameras the last few years is the beams grow similar to the tines. Long tines mean the beams are starting to crap out. The tines don’t get really long then the beams sprout after...if that makes sense.

From: Stoneman
11-Jun-18
young bull, when his backs catch up to his fronts... look out

From: splitlimb13
11-Jun-18
Potential to be a great bull one day. Really young.

From: mrelite
11-Jun-18
I agree, his body looks like a very young bull, I bet he will still grow decent fourth and fifths at the very least. Potential IMO is in the long term, if he makes it through this year he will be a great looking bull next year. He may be just struggling to get enough nutrients, there isn't much green food anywhere and water is just as scarce, the drought is as bad as I have ever seen.

From: trophyhill
11-Jun-18
Junior. I've seen deer licking dirt. There might be a mineral they like in that dirt ;)

From: TD
12-Jun-18
Depends on wha'cha call a lil' raghorn........ =D

I'd say half (or more) on this thread would drop a sting on him given the opportunity. Especially in the last week..... heheheheh....

I likely would.... but I'm a sucker for a punched tag..... not fond of soup..... and really don't care to imagine "what he would be in a couple years...." when I likely won't be at full draw hangin' around waiting for him to "grow up".... =D

From: Junior
12-Jun-18
Junior. I've seen deer licking dirt. There might be a mineral they like in that dirt ;) Right, I'm just poking fun. Honestly think the bull is young, but also think hes lacking something? Moisture? I have a similar bull on the wall. Maybe I can get a pic up, was a drought year when I drew.

From: trophyhill
12-Jun-18
Lol TD. I'll drop the string in a heartbeat when the time comes if I get the opportunity ;)

Junior, yes drought is upon us in a harsh way. Hopefully that hurricane brings monsoonal flows.

Anyone have any June pics for comparison?

From: ELKMAN
12-Jun-18
If you let him breath long enough he might....(Young)

From: bighorn
12-Jun-18
He's a young bull no beer gut.

From: trophyhill
12-Jun-18
Lmao

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