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Guess the Age on these 2 bucks
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Pat Lefemine 17-Sep-19
SJJ 17-Sep-19
RIT 17-Sep-19
Bou'bound 17-Sep-19
bigswivle 17-Sep-19
JTV 17-Sep-19
Schmitty78 17-Sep-19
Brian M. 17-Sep-19
Ty 17-Sep-19
BC173 17-Sep-19
Russell 17-Sep-19
BC173 17-Sep-19
Scooby-doo 17-Sep-19
Buffalo1 17-Sep-19
WV Mountaineer 17-Sep-19
BR 17-Sep-19
BTP 17-Sep-19
Shoe 17-Sep-19
The last savage 17-Sep-19
milnrick 17-Sep-19
gobble50 17-Sep-19
Norseman 17-Sep-19
GingerWhiskey 17-Sep-19
Trophy8 17-Sep-19
JL 17-Sep-19
tpcowfish 17-Sep-19
bowhunter24 18-Sep-19
TrapperKayak 18-Sep-19
Kodiak 18-Sep-19
Bake 18-Sep-19
Fuzz 18-Sep-19
archer56 18-Sep-19
Will 18-Sep-19
craig 18-Sep-19
lord o'horns 18-Sep-19
richie bland 18-Sep-19
Grey Ghost 18-Sep-19
12yards 18-Sep-19
Pat Lefemine 18-Sep-19
Two Feathers 19-Sep-19
Stryker 19-Sep-19
Shawn 19-Sep-19
IdyllwildArcher 19-Sep-19
Stryker 20-Sep-19
Big-Otis-Jeff 20-Sep-19
altitude sick 20-Sep-19
montnatom 20-Sep-19
35-Acre 20-Sep-19
Ace 20-Sep-19
Two Feathers 20-Sep-19
t-roy 20-Sep-19
Bou'bound 20-Sep-19
Fuzz 21-Sep-19
altitude sick 21-Sep-19
JTV 21-Sep-19
Bou'bound 21-Sep-19
Bill in MI 22-Sep-19
Livereater1 24-Sep-19
T Mac 24-Sep-19
AZ~Rich 24-Sep-19
DRR324 25-Sep-19
BOWNBIRDHNTR 25-Sep-19
steve 25-Sep-19
Notme 25-Sep-19
tinecounter 25-Sep-19
Pat Lefemine 02-Nov-19
From: Pat Lefemine
17-Sep-19

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From: SJJ
17-Sep-19
6.5, 4.5

From: RIT
17-Sep-19
4.5, 5.5

From: Bou'bound
17-Sep-19
4.5 2.5

From: bigswivle
17-Sep-19
Went 4.5 and 6.5

From: JTV
17-Sep-19
5.5/3.5

From: Schmitty78
17-Sep-19
5.5 and 2.5

From: Brian M.
17-Sep-19
5.5 & 3.5

From: Ty
17-Sep-19
4.5;7.5

From: BC173
17-Sep-19
4.5 #1.......5.5 #2

From: Russell
17-Sep-19
both 3 1/2

From: BC173
17-Sep-19
4.5 #1.......5.5 #2

From: Scooby-doo
17-Sep-19
Deer one, I say 3.5 as he look pretty young and with genetics up there I would expect a 140 ish at 3.5! Deer two is a NY buck and normally ecsp where Pat has his place it takes at least 4.5 years for a buck to get around 120"s. I added a year and said 5.5. My area of NY is very similar. He may be 4.5 but my gut says 5.5. Shawn

From: Buffalo1
17-Sep-19
both 3.5 to 4

17-Sep-19
#1 is 5.5 and #2 is 6.5

From: BR
17-Sep-19
4.5 on first 2.5 on the 2nd.

From: BTP
17-Sep-19
3.5 and 3.5

From: Shoe
17-Sep-19
3.5 5.5

17-Sep-19
6.5. 2.5

From: milnrick
17-Sep-19
I'd call buck #1 6.5 based on shoulders, sway back, pot belly and that neck running to the base of his chest.

Buck #2 I'd say is 3.5, his back is still straight he still has that "athlete's" look and his neck diesnt run straight to the base of his chest.

From: gobble50
17-Sep-19
3.5, 2.5

From: Norseman
17-Sep-19
4.5 and 5.5

17-Sep-19
3.5 - 4.5

From: Trophy8
17-Sep-19
3.5 and 4.5

From: JL
17-Sep-19
5.5 and 3.5

From: tpcowfish
17-Sep-19
3.5 -3.5

From: bowhunter24
18-Sep-19
6.5 and 3.5

From: TrapperKayak
18-Sep-19
4.5 and 3.5

From: Kodiak
18-Sep-19
3.5 and 2.5

From: Bake
18-Sep-19
This one appears WAY easier than the last one, so I'm expecting a curve ball. I'm a little worried that my guess falls in the favorite category for both deer :)

From: Fuzz
18-Sep-19
3.5 and 5.5. Based strictly on body, not the rack. 1st buck doesn't look to be as thick as those Canadian bucks are when they're over 4yrs old.

2nd buck video is from the summer. Big frame but he's not filled out as much as he will be in Oct.

From: archer56
18-Sep-19
3.5 and 2.5

From: Will
18-Sep-19
4.5 and 3.5.

The NY one has a fairly slight body to me. Velvet makes his rack look bigger too... (I know that folks say rack size as an aging tool sucks, but for a "horse shoes and hand grenades" ager like me, it gets me in the area code most of the time so I still consider it) all of that makes me feel like he's still pretty young. I'm using my local deer as a reference given they are also in the north east... And my gut would say 3.5 on him. It seems deer here take a substantial leap year 3 to 4.

The other deer, I waffled between 4.5 and 5.5... But in the end, despite the chest, his body just does not feel as round as I'd suspect he'd look at 5.5. This could be my non Canadian eyes though. It just feels like those big bodied beasts up there would look bigger at 5.5... So... I'm going 4.5.

From: craig
18-Sep-19
3.5 and 2.5

From: lord o'horns
18-Sep-19
7.5 &4.5

From: richie bland
18-Sep-19
5.5 & 7.5

From: Grey Ghost
18-Sep-19
Buck #1 is in his prime, probably 4.5 - 5.5 years old. Buck #2 is an older buck on the down-hill slide, evidenced by his bony hips and shoulders. He’s probably north of 7 years old.

Matt

From: 12yards
18-Sep-19
I went #1 4.5, #2 5.5.

From: Pat Lefemine
18-Sep-19
This is so much fun knowing the answers and listening to everyone’s rationale for picking the ages. This may be the easiest one yet, or not! ;-)

From: Two Feathers
19-Sep-19
Grey Ghost I think you nailed it on #2 being on the north side of 7. Looks like an older horse I have. Definitely past his prime.

From: Stryker
19-Sep-19
31/2 and 21/2

From: Shawn
19-Sep-19
Stryker here in NY unless that buck is a true freak of nature he is not 2.5. He would be a decent 2.5 in Kansas or Iowa. NY, no way! Shawn

19-Sep-19
6.5 and 3.5

From: Stryker
20-Sep-19
Shawn you are probably right but where I live in Wyoming I think I might be close.

20-Sep-19
4.5 and 3.5

20-Sep-19
5.5 & 3.5

From: montnatom
20-Sep-19
2.5 and 3.5

From: 35-Acre
20-Sep-19
2.5 and 3.5 (but the page with the link didn't allow me to guess anything or have any options to click)

From: Ace
20-Sep-19
Wow, these guesses are all over the place. Some might think that this sort of variation (by experienced hunters no less) means that age judging on the hoof is useless. Actually, I think that what's really important is that you can compare deer where you are hunting.

Even if all you can do is break the bucks into 3 categories: Young of the Year/ Still Growing/ and Mature. If you target the mature ones, you're improving your herd.

Age doesn't always correlate with antler size. Body type and shape tell you much more. Looking forward to hearing how old these 2 actually are.

For the record; I said #1: 5.5 (mature) and #2: 3.5 (still growing).

From: Two Feathers
20-Sep-19
#1 4.5 #2 9.5

From: t-roy
20-Sep-19
#1 buck is 3.5. If he was a human, he would be the equivalent to a 20s something millennial with tattoos running up and down both front legs.......Probably be wearing a flat brim hat as well.

#2 buck is 6.5–7.5. The equivalent to a baby boomer. Looks like his hair is thinning a bit, has kind of a bit of a beer belly thing going on, and looks like he has that “GET OFF MY FOOD PLOT” attitude on his face.

From: Bou'bound
20-Sep-19
Will we find out at some Point what the answer is

From: Fuzz
21-Sep-19
Well..............?????

21-Sep-19
It runs till November 1st

From: JTV
21-Sep-19
in all truth, it is very hard to judge age on the hoof ... even the best biologists have trouble doing so ... the only ways are either to kill it and have it aged, or have a history with the deer from when it was a button-1.5 yr old .... other than that, it is just a guess ....

From: Bou'bound
21-Sep-19
Yep. That’s why the first word in the title of this thread is GUESS.

From: Bill in MI
22-Sep-19
5 1/2 on Buck 1- slightly grizzled but lacks the swayback of an older buck. This makes me think he’s not young but not old.

Buck 2- sagging back and looks more emaciated. So it’s either a stressed deer post rut or older with less tone. 7.5 is my guess.

From: Livereater1
24-Sep-19
Buck 1 - 3.5 Buck 2 - 4.5

From: T Mac
24-Sep-19
Patience boub’ound we’ve been waiting years for your hunt recap

From: AZ~Rich
24-Sep-19
Both estimated to be 4.5

From: DRR324
25-Sep-19
3.5 for both

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
25-Sep-19
3.5 & 3.5....the Canadian has just spent a little more time in the gym lol.

From: steve
25-Sep-19
5.5 3.5 hard to get a buck past 3.5 in New York

From: Notme
25-Sep-19
3.5....5.5

From: tinecounter
25-Sep-19
2.5 & 4.5

From: Pat Lefemine
02-Nov-19
We just posted the results on the feature. Finally! You guys did good with 93 people getting both bucks correct. Congrats to everyone that got it right and our 3 winners have been drawn for a free Aging Kit compliments of DeerAge.com.

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