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Degeneration or different buck
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Shug 03-Nov-23
Shug 03-Nov-23
WI Shedhead 03-Nov-23
buckeye 03-Nov-23
Charlie Rehor 03-Nov-23
bentstick54 03-Nov-23
Bake 03-Nov-23
Shug 03-Nov-23
Duke 03-Nov-23
Shug 03-Nov-23
wildwilderness 06-Nov-23
Lawboytom 06-Nov-23
SBH 06-Nov-23
From: Shug
03-Nov-23

Shug's embedded Photo
Bottom pic is 2021 Top is 2022
Shug's embedded Photo
Bottom pic is 2021 Top is 2022
I arrived in Kansas yesterday, I had thoughts of one buck that I passed in 2021 was gonna take last year if I had an opportunity and never did.. Then this year I get this pic… I realize this is a small Sample but could this buck have gotten this much smaller? Or is it just a possible offspring. I didn’t think he was that old maybe 5 1/2 or so….

From: Shug
03-Nov-23

Shug's embedded Photo
2022
Shug's embedded Photo
2022
Shug's embedded Photo
2023
Shug's embedded Photo
2023
Shug's embedded Photo
11/23
Shug's embedded Photo
11/23
Last year in December

From: WI Shedhead
03-Nov-23
Every deer is an individual. I have sheds from a deer 2.5-6 and the score varied only 3-4” each year, mostly just a little heavier. I also have sheds from deer that made a 40” jump year 3 to 4. Go luck hunting him any mature deer is a trophy!!!

From: buckeye
03-Nov-23
Looks like the same deer, I'd be plenty happy with that one, this year.

03-Nov-23
Yep, let them walk too long and they regress just like us,

03-Nov-23
If the same deer may be Local drought/ food conditions made a difference. Shooter in my book either way.

From: Bake
03-Nov-23
Looks the same to me.

From: Shug
03-Nov-23
My thoughts were 23 buck didn’t have the mass that 22 buck did so possibly different but related…

From: Duke
03-Nov-23
Different deer IMO based on tines and the angle of main beams in contrast.

From: Shug
03-Nov-23

Shug's embedded Photo
Shug's embedded Photo
With new pics from a different camera I’ve come to the conclusion it’s the same buck and the g 2 didn’t grow as long as previous year

06-Nov-23
How was the rain, growth, nutrition this year? May be bigger next year, maybe not. Hard to say. How old is your guess?

From: Lawboytom
06-Nov-23
I had an 8pt that exploded by 60-70” from 3.5 to 4.5 then lost 30-40” from 4.5 to 5.5 then gained all that back and then some back to a main frame 8 with crazy mass. They don’t always get bigger and a lot has to do with nutrition and how heavily they were rutting the year before. I shot the buck I mentioned and he had a puncture wound in his leg from fighting. If I had to guess, he would have gotten smaller the next year again. There are probably at least ten variables that determine how the rack grows each year.

From: SBH
06-Nov-23
Agreed. Same deer. That last photo is much easier to assess!

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