There's no way he could breed, I found that out for certain when I gutted him and discovered the severity of the hernia. The hernia wouldn't even allow him to pee on his tarsal glands. If you'll notice in the picture, they aren't stained at all and the rut has been going on down here for weeks. His aggressive behavior towards all of the other deer as evidenced in trail camera pictures showed that he wasn't allowing other deer to feed and he was even chasing the does away. Besides, the hernia just moved him to #1 on the hit list........he was already on the list without the hernia, since I know he was at least 3 1/2 if not 4 1/2 years old based on all of the pictures I've gotten over the last three years for certain. I lost all of my files and had to have my computer updated, so I can't positively say for certain; but I believe I had pictures of him going back 4 years. Also, the mass and antler symmetry are pretty damn fine for a SC swamp buck regardless of his age and whether or not he had the hernia.
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