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Deer in humans years
As I get older, for some reason, I compare myself to animals.
I've been scouting sheep country the past week and my knees and, really all of my body, have got me remembering that I'm starting to feel the effects of getting older. And that's got me thinking about the comparison between humans and deer again.
There's the physical side of it (size, strength, virility, drive, their decline) and the mental side of it (intelligence, wisdom, street smarts) because both of these seem to have comparisons with humans and buck deer.
They (bucks) start out horny as hell and really stupid. Fortunately for us, more of us make it a lot longer than they do (but maybe we shouldn't...).
So it's got me thinking again. How old is a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 year old buck and beyond in human years?
And where are you? (And would you have made it past 1.5, 2.5, 3.5 as a deer?)
I’m probably like an 8 yr old deer. Jowls, belly, sway back.
And I’m shocked I got past my 1.5 yr old stage. And that my first Doe’s father didn’t kill me :>))))
I'm that freezer-burned package of venison you find behind an old container of ice cream...
I’ve done the same thing for many years, Ike. Although the time spent on this earth is much less by average, there are many similarities in things we do as we age. One thing I see in comparison of older men and older bucks is the fact that we go into self preservation mode as we age. As a part of that, we move much less in general.
Somehow the monicker Idyll seems very apropos to this type of thinking.
You may be onto something....I find myself checking the wind direction more as I age.
My goal every day is to not hurt myself . So I'm probably a buck that one of you guys wounded while trying not to get shot. ha ha
In MN, a 1 1/2 year old buck is 85 in human years. He will be packaged and in the freezer in November.
I think, if you multiply a deer's age by 10, you'd be pretty close. 1.5 =15 2.5 = 25 3.5 = 35 etc.
I'd say I'd more or less agree with Keith on the age comparisons in general.
I'd definitely say I'm about 4.5 right now. I feel older than I am sometimes. High school sports (in the era where you NEVER admitted being hurt) left me with some cricks and kinks that I wish I didn't have. And sitting behind a desk every day is no good either.
In the deer world I'd have been killed early. Not because I was particularly dumb or reckless or chased too much ______, but because I'm restless and get bored easily :)
2.5 is a teenager, 3.5 is kinda that 17-27 age, 4.5 27-35, 5.5 35-50, 6.5 50+
Gosh I hate to say but I’m looking more like that 5.5 yr old with some belly and lose skin, a little gray on the face.
If say Keith is pretty close if not more like 12-15yrs/1. Link your behind. A 2.5 yr old buck is much more mature than any teenager I've known.
It's not exactly linear but I'd say the x10 is close. Probably more like x12 the first 12 months , x10 the second x8 through year 7 and x6 up to 12 years would be close. Just as "dog years " is inaccurate for the first and last years.
I think Keith is close, but like Fuzzy says, not exactly linear. At a month from being 50, not sure I would consider myself at my peak like a 5 year old buck would be. :)
Maybe 1.5 = 15-20
2.5 = 20-25
3.5 = 25-30
4.5 = 30-37
5.5 = 37-45
6.5 = 45-52
7.5 = 52-67
8.5 = 67-75
9.5+ = 75+
I'd would have been shot as 2.5 year old but they would swear I was a 4.5 year old :)
Popr your probably right. A yearling is probably a lot like a je high or early high school kid so that would put 2.5 at more like senior in HS and college age. So maybe I’m a 3.4 year old after all.
Shiraz, I'm with you. At 59 YO I'm losing mass in my main beam and barely show any rutting activity.
An 8 yr old whitetail would be as rare as a 90 yr old man
we have quite a few deer around home that you learn their unique characteristics and watch them from year to year. those that stay year-round do not see much if any hunting pressure. we do have lots of coyotes and occasionally a cougar that will prey on them.
the oldest survive about 8 years with most about 3-5 years it seems. in human years the number 10 is a good guess for every deer year on average.
0 to 1.5 = 0 to 16
1.5 to 2.5 = 16 to 24
2.5 to 3.5 = 24 to 30
3.5 to 4.5 = 30 to 35
4.5 to 5.5 = 35 to 40
5.5 to 6.5 = 40 to 60
6.5 to 7.5 = 60 to 80
7.5 + = 80 +
So is it more challenging to shoot a 7 1/2 year old deer, or a 2 1/2 year old?
The creative responses are hilarious. Thanks for the laughs.
Ike - As I get older, for some reason, my wife compares me to animals.
There are rare instances that an older buck with gold chains showing his chest hair while driving a yacht may be categorized in the 2.5 to 3.5 age group.
I've always thought of a bucks life as going through puberty every fall......
Shot this doe last January in Texas.
“Ole sea hag for sure.” 120 in human years:)