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Old 12-08-2008, 11:21 AM
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You really think he is 3.5yo ? I'm not discounting that as an explanation, just dont think so, personally.
No, I was jk...I have no clue when it comes to aging from photos. In person it is much easier to tell 1.5 to 2.5 to 3.5...but even after that I am lost again. Antlers determine a buck for me, age is determined afterwards, lol.
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:23 PM
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I'm going by the face. He looks young. Slender head and not alot in the front shoulder department. 2.5 year old. should hit between 120 and 130 next year.
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Old 12-08-2008, 02:58 PM
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With that second pic up there and knowing it was taken 2 weeks ago that is definitely a 2.5 year old in my eyes. Being that far into the rut there is definite distiction between his shoulders and neck. Next year his neck will look much bigger and if he makes it to the year after that it will just flow into the shoulders.

He definitely has some potential.
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thats a big bodied deer
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Old 12-08-2008, 03:38 PM
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I read that a buck at 2.5yo is only at 33% of his antler potential. At 3.5yo, he is at 64% of that potential and at 4.5yo he is at 88%....
So your run of the mill 90" 2.5, on average, will end up being a 270" deer?

I have killer genetics in my area.[8D] Heck, with those stats, My 92" 2.5 would have been a fraction under 243" in 2 years.
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I read that a buck at 2.5yo is only at 33% of his antler potential. At 3.5yo, he is at 64% of that potential and at 4.5yo he is at 88%....
So your run of the mill 90" 2.5, on average, will end up being a 270" deer?

I have killer genetics in my area.[8D] Heck, with those stats, My 92" 2.5 would have been a fraction under 243" in 2 years.
Actually i think that means the deer would have 66% more growth. So 66% of 92 is 60and add that to 92 and you get 152".
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Old 12-08-2008, 04:18 PM
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Droptines numbers are right on; however, don't get score confused with the animals potential. The score of a deer has several factors that don't mean much. Spread for example is themeasurementthat is most flawed as the spread means nothing in regards to thesize of an animals rack-- thelength of the beams is a better barometer.

If you use DT's #'s and think of mass and horn weight which do not always equate or get credit with the B&C/P&Y scoring systemis a better way to think of it.Using displacement which measures sqaure inches of horn massis a true scoring antlersystem butitwon't ever catch on.
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