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'09 PA Buck

Old 10-20-2009, 09:45 AM
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Arrowed this guy this past saturday evening. He came in to a couple soft doe bleats.



I don't know much about judging a bucks age by their teeth, and a little about judging there age by their body structure and wear on their feet - Long story short, i am having trouble judging the age of this deer...Any guesses? a run of the mill 2.5yr old or an older deer with a lackluster rack?
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Old 10-20-2009, 10:15 AM
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>wear on their feet

That's a new one for me.


Where in PA? That could also be an 18 month old buck as well. I thought yearling when I first saw the picture.

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Old 10-20-2009, 10:24 AM
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I am not saying i couldnt be wrong but i highly doubt thats a 1.5yr old buck (southcentral pa). A typical 1.5yr old looks something like this



Note the shorty nose and overall the stubby apperance of the deer compared to the much longer sleeker look of this years buck (and yes that deer was shot in 2000 long before ARs so don't start flaming me).
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:08 PM
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well....you certainly look smarter in pic #2. lol j/k

ide say a 2.5 year old. nice job btw
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Old 10-20-2009, 03:52 PM
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Nice buck! He does look like an older deer....with that face anyway...
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:13 PM
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Title thief!


Nice buck.
I'm not real good at aging them either. Looks big bodied though.
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:19 PM
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how do you judge deer by wear on the feet? that is certianly new to me...i would say he is only 2.5

congratulations btw
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Old 10-21-2009, 02:34 AM
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I first learned of aging deer by their feet/track from an old taped seminar one of the Benoit's did a number of years ago. They went into great detail about how the overall width and shape of a deer's foot changes with its body structure as it ages. Seems to me it could be pretty subjective but they always found the big bucks just by their tracks so i figure they must be a little something to it. Its really interesting stuff, i will have to see if i can dig it up.
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Old 10-21-2009, 03:26 AM
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Nice Buck Patrophyman!

It's really hard to tell from a pic but what you've told us about the area you're hunting, his rack, and the length of his face makes me lean toward 2 1/2.

Congrats!!!
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Old 10-21-2009, 05:19 AM
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Measure from the front of the nosepad to the front corner of the eye. If you come up with anything at or beyond 7 or 7 1/2 inches, you most assuredly have a buck that is 2.5 years of age or more. It is best to use calipers to get this measurement, for accuracy. I say 2.5 on that deer, just by looking at his muzzle. Most (there are exceptions!) 1.5 year old bucks will have an eye to nose measurement of 6 1/4 to 6 3/4 inches. Hope this helps. You do need to take a good accurate measurement though. Just measure in a straight line.

Nice kill. Congrats.
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