Since I can't eat the rack, and don't own a taxidermy mounted set, I don't usually get into scoring antlers. Nothing wrong with it, and I certainly have no reason to fault anyone who chooses to hunt for trophies. I'm a meat hunter and if I happen to get a decent rack, then I mount it on a wooden placque, and hang it on the wall, otherwise, I just cut the antlers off and nail 'em to a tree. Besides, I can't afford to pay for a nice mount. The only mount I own is a near state record Bobcat, I killed several years ago.
I will say that I can pretty much age a deer by it's body shape and muscle development, rather than antler size. I've seen some two year olds with some huge racks, and some 7 year olds with a runty rack, so I don't believe antler size is a good indicator of age. I think nutrition and genetics determine the antler size more than age.
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