Two bucks..One choice?

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Two bucks..One choice?

Postby HiddenHornsRanch » Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:08 pm

I caught these two bucks (front 2) on my trail camera. They are mature deer, but I would like opinions on them, because looks can be deicieving. Please tell me how old you think they are. Ones a 10 and the others an 8. Sorry, but these 2 always give me messed up pics, I cant get any head on.


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RE: Two bucks..One choice?

Postby DeerCamp » Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:20 pm

At first I didnt relize there was anothe buck in the pic. I would say all 3 are nice bucks, the 10pt looks older. I would say 3 1/2 maybe 4 1/2.. I would take the 10pt over the 8pt anyday.
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Postby schlupis » Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:41 pm

I think the 10 is a 3 1/2  great deer the 8 point is probably 2 1/2 he looks a little thin but its hard to tell from that pic both nice deer....... Good luck this season let us know how you do.......

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Postby vipermann7 » Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:26 pm

both of them management bucks. on some of the hunting shows they are anyway. great bucks.

i would say 3 1/2 for both of them, i dont think they are younger than that, and 4 1/2 tops. im all about using track measurements to help age deer since I saw it on Deer and Deer Hunting TV. they showed how to estimate age from hoof print size.

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RE: Two bucks..One choice?

Postby Sailfish » Mon Aug 25, 2008 4:07 am

However old they are, those are some fine animals!
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RE: Two bucks..One choice?

Postby ranwin33 » Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:39 am

I think 3 1/2 and 2 1/2.  Legs on the one with his head down seem to be a bit long for the body.

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RE: Two bucks..One choice?

Postby JPH » Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:07 am

My decision is limited by several factors. For one thing, there is only one photo and a deer can sometimes reveal a lot by simply turning his boday. Secondly, I am not accustomed to Texas deer, and I may mis-read body indicators.
With the disclaimer out of the way, I would shoot the 10 pt. He appears to be 3.5 or older, whearas the 8 pt. looks to be 2.5 or older. The larger rack is a side benifit for me.

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Postby dtrain56 » Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:52 am

i would agree

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RE: Two bucks..One choice?

Postby ILBowhunter » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:05 am

Personally, I don't think you need head on pics to make a judgment as to age; the broadside shots you have are more telling.  I think both of the bucks in the foreground are at least 3.5 yo, maybe 4.5 yo; both their bellies are sagging quite a bit, they have massive shoulders, and a bit of sway in their backs.  The one with its head down is certainly younger, but would seem to have greater potential with regard to antlers.  If he's only 2.5, what will he be in a year or two?

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RE: Two bucks..One choice?

Postby howhill1 » Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:30 am

too be quite honest i would guess the 10 pt at about 4-1/2 or better becuase of the location. i say this because im GUESSING that the available forage may not be as good as the midwest with crop fields abound. that however may not be true. i have no experience aging texas deer. given the choice of harvesting one or the other, both deer being of the same age of 3-1/2 or better i would shoot the eight and leave the ten a few more years to hopefully sire a few more bucks. at any rate they both appear to be nice deer.
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