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Growth Factor

Postby Goose » Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:22 am

Here is something that I keep in my wallet (d&dh geek i know) and thought someone might like to see it. I believe I cut it out of a QDMA article.Obviously it is only an estimate but I thought it was interesting.
 
Age              2.5         3.5             4.5              5.5
 growth factor         1.28         1.16            1.09 
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i                  85           109            126             138 
n                 90           115            134             146
c                 95           122            141             154
h                 100          128           148              162
e                 105          134           156              170
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RE: Growth Factor

Postby Everyday Hunter » Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:37 am

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Age              2.5         3.5             4.5              5.5
[size="1"]growth factor[/size]         1.28         1.16            1.09 
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i                  85           109            126             138 
n                 90           115            134             146
c                 95           122            141             154
h                 100          128           148              162
e                 105          134           156              170
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That's very interesting. To be sure I'm interpreting the chart correctly, is this saying that a 3½ year old buck that measures about 115 would be a 134" buck if he lived another year? Likewise, a 5½ year old buck that tapes out around 162 inches was probably about 100 inches at a 2½ year old?

So does the growth factor average out to add 28% to the score after 2½ years, 16% after 3½ years, and 9% after 4½ years.

I'm sure food supply, stress, and other factors can cause this to vary a lot, but if I'm interpreting this correctly it makes the case for a strong correlation between antler size and age.

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RE: Growth Factor

Postby Goose » Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:31 am

Your reading it right and yes it is a VERY broad generalization based on research pens and field observations.
You multiply the inches by the growth factor for the next year.
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RE: Growth Factor

Postby 69Viking » Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:33 am

Wow, you guys are taking deer geekness to whole new level!  LOL! 

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RE: Growth Factor

Postby ReflexHunter » Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:35 am

That's really interesting to get an idea of how much an "average" deer can add to its rack over time.

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RE: Growth Factor

Postby JPH » Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:06 am

Very intreasting, but I find it missing a bit on the top end. This only gives us 105" for good 2.5 and 134 for a good 3.5". I don't think that reflects the "top end" bucks of that age class in the midwest.
 
I suppose I could take the growth factors and work out the numbers myself, but I'm too lazy.

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RE: Growth Factor

Postby DeanoZ » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:02 am

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Very intreasting, but I find it missing a bit on the top end. This only gives us 105" for good 2.5 and 134 for a good 3.5". I don't think that reflects the "top end" bucks of that age class in the midwest.

I suppose I could take the growth factors and work out the numbers myself, but I'm too lazy.

 
Thats because them "Freak Nasty" bucks of Iowa have a growth factor of 10 squared year over year [;)]

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RE: Growth Factor

Postby Jdbllung » Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:06 pm

In my neck of the woods a 3.5 year old is a rarity, with the AR's things have gotten better, but needing that chart is a ways off yet,  good info though.
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RE: Growth Factor

Postby Goose » Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:13 pm

JPH's Iowa growth factor-
2.5- 130
3.5-166
4.5-192
5.5-209
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No, you bring up a good point.
 
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RE: Growth Factor

Postby JPH » Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:02 pm

Lol! I guess it did not come off that way, but that's really not how I meant it. Believe me, I am not letting 130 class 3.5's go very often. Okay never.

I was just saying that a 140-150 3.5 is not out of the question in good Midwestern habitat. Common? No, but they are around.

I'm still to lazy to figure the math.

 

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