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What’s your best guess?
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Contributors to this thread:
sportoutfitter 09-Nov-18
boothill 09-Nov-18
sportoutfitter 09-Nov-18
wildan 09-Nov-18
wildan 09-Nov-18
Kodiak 09-Nov-18
sportoutfitter 09-Nov-18
Pat Lefemine 09-Nov-18
longbeard 09-Nov-18
Predeter 09-Nov-18
Hancock West 09-Nov-18
Franklin 09-Nov-18
greg simon 09-Nov-18
sportoutfitter 09-Nov-18
BigOk 09-Nov-18
Michael 09-Nov-18
Killbuck 09-Nov-18
sportoutfitter 09-Nov-18
Shawn 09-Nov-18
sportoutfitter 09-Nov-18
Bou'bound 09-Nov-18
LINK 09-Nov-18
greg simon 09-Nov-18
Duke 09-Nov-18
milnrick 09-Nov-18
09-Nov-18

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Been seeing this buck pretty regular since early fall. I’ve let him walk once already this season. He looks young to me and am just wondering what he’d be next season. Edit: best guess on age

From: boothill
09-Nov-18
114"...RIP Kelly you are missed! His body looks maybe 3.5, but has a really young looking face in the side profile, 2.5 with great genetics

09-Nov-18
In memory of Kelly! I should have said best guess on age. I thought maybe 2 1/2.

From: wildan
09-Nov-18
3-1/2 years old would be my guess.And a shooter.

From: wildan
09-Nov-18
3-1/2 years old would be my guess.And a shooter.

From: Kodiak
09-Nov-18
I think he's 2 1/2 with good genetics.

09-Nov-18
I thought 2 1/2 also but I’m not the best at age guessing.

From: Pat Lefemine
09-Nov-18
At least 3.5. My guess.

From: longbeard
09-Nov-18
I’m leaning towards 2.5 also

From: Predeter
09-Nov-18
3.5. Bigger shoulders and chest than 2.5 yr old.

From: Hancock West
09-Nov-18
If this buck were a Illinois buck i'd say 2.5 for sure. Would be a pretty small rack and body for a 3.5

From: Franklin
09-Nov-18
X2 with Hancock....depending on where this is...could use another year.

From: greg simon
09-Nov-18
Body looks at least 3.5. Trash on the antlers also make me think definitely not 2.5. I'd guess at least 3.5 maybe 4.5

09-Nov-18
I’m in WV, Franklin. I’m in the bow onlies so they get a little bigger than most areas in the state.

From: BigOk
09-Nov-18
3.5

From: Michael
09-Nov-18
His body says 3.5 to me.

From: Killbuck
09-Nov-18
3 1/2

09-Nov-18
At 3.5 it may be worth letting him walk this year. Might be really nice next year if he survives. We don’t have a gun season so he may make it.

From: Shawn
09-Nov-18
You, WV I would say 3.5, out in Kansas, Iowa, Illinois and such 2.5. Its up to you on shooting him, back home in NY I would kill him! Shawn

09-Nov-18
I’m trying to get better at age guessing. I was looking mainly at his chest/belly and face. When you say trash on his antlers, Greg, are you talking the forked brow or what? I’m taking this as a learning thread.

From: Bou'bound
09-Nov-18
3.5

From: LINK
09-Nov-18
He’d be 3.5 where I live and 15-30” bigger next year. I have no experience east of the Mississippi. ;)

From: greg simon
09-Nov-18
Yes, what I mean by trash is anything other than clean main beams and tines. On that deer I see forked brow tines and some other small bumps around the bases. Those are generally characteristics of a little older deer.

From: Duke
09-Nov-18
3 years, 6 months, 2 days. My BEST guess.

From: milnrick
09-Nov-18
Jeff,

I think you're using the right focal points to guess the buck's age. I'd guess him to be a 3.5 yr old buck as well. My reasoning is based on the way his back and belly lines run parallel to each other when compared to a 2.5 yr old buck. They tend to have a thinner lower ‘gut line’, sort of like an athlete’s waist line. A 4.5 yr old’s chest and shoulders would be deeper, while his neck would be disappearing into the base of his chest. After 4.5 years the bucks I've seen have tended to have a jowl (slack skin below their jawline), their head appears to take a more pronounced triangle shape and they start showing deeper chest and belly (or so it seems).

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