Go Back  HuntingNet.com Forums > General Hunting Forums > Whitetail Deer Hunting
Help me age this guy please... >

Help me age this guy please...

Whitetail Deer Hunting Gain a better understanding of the World's most popular big game animal and the techniques that will help you become a better deer hunter.

Help me age this guy please...

Old 09-30-2009, 06:10 PM
0311missouri's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: macon co. mo
Posts: 17

look how beaded up his bases are i haven't seen that in a younger deer
0311missouri is offline  
Old 10-01-2009, 04:37 AM
Fork Horn
Stoningtonwhitetail's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Howell, Michigan
Posts: 245

three and a half I would guess
Stoningtonwhitetail is offline  
Old 10-02-2009, 10:57 AM
Nontypical Buck
RidgeFACTOR's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Southwestern, Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,059
Default Aging Deer- This might help....

The 1-Year-Old Buck (Yearling)

It is often said a yearling buck resembles a "doe with antlers," which makes it relatively easy to discern. The 1-year-old buck will not develop the swollen neck and muscular characteristics of older bucks. These bucks tend to have thin hindquarters and long, thin legs. Think of a teenaged boy, not yet reaching full height and not nearly "filled in."
Almost all yearlings have an antler spread less than 13 inches. These "teenagers" have not learned to be as secretive as their older associates are, so they often enter food plots earlier than older bucks and tend to be in the vicinity of doe family groups. The average size of a buck's antlers doubles between 1 and 2 years of age, so it is a good decision to let a yearling buck grow at least another year.
2-Year-Old Buck

The 2-year-old group is more difficult than yearlings to judge. The majority of this age group still have antler spreads inside the ears, but some individuals may produce a good set of antlers. During rut, this age class produces a limited amount of neck swelling due to muscle development, and the waist, or area just in front of the back legs, is relatively thin. Their hindquarters are much more filled in than the yearling's, but their legs appear to be "long and lanky." This age class has lots of growing to do before reaching full maturity, so it is best to let them grow at least another year. Their racks are only about 60 percent of the size they will be at 5 to 6 years.
3-Year-Old Buck

The ability to distinguish 3-year-old age group is important to a management program emphasizing harvest of mature-aged bucks with maximum antler development. During the rut, the buck's neck is thickly muscled, yet there is still a distinct junction between the neck and shoulders. Some biologists compare its look to that of a well-conditioned racehorse.
The chest region may begin to appear deeper than the hindquarter area; inside spread of antlers typically is at or outside the ears. These bucks can develop impressive antlers, especially on well-managed properties in productive habitats; they are easily mistaken for "mature" deer. In reality, they have reached only about 75 percent of maximum antler development.
4-Year-Old Buck

A white-tailed buck physiologically matures by 4 years of age. By this age they have almost all of their adult body mass and have lost the racehorse look. Its neck region is fully muscled, giving the appearance of blending into the shoulders, and the waistline is as deep as the chest. Buck activity patterns may have changed by this age due to an increased wariness; they may not venture into open areas until about dark. Physiological maturity is closely associated with the maturing of a buck's antlers. By this age, the average buck will have grown about 90 percent of his total antler size.
5- to 6-Year-Old Buck (Mature or Prime)

Fully matured bucks have a distinctive look that is undeniable once experienced. This publication groups deer 5 years old and 6 years old into one age class, because few hunters or managers will want to try to differentiate animals. Antler size typically is maximum at 5 to 6 years of age and may deteriorate thereafter, depending on forage conditions.
During the rut, the buck's neck blends completely into his shoulders, and his front half appears to be one large mass. His legs appear shorter than legs of younger deer, but this is an optical illusion because his chest is taking up more of the viewing area. Just as people in middle age, most mature bucks exhibit a sagging belly. Their eyes are squinty in appearance. Mature bucks often show battle scars such as torn ears, broken antler tines, and scratched necks.
7-Year-Old and Older Bucks

Overmatured bucks are often mistaken for younger animals because some body characteristics tend to revert. Muscularity is lost in the neck area because these animals may not participate as frequently in normal rutting activities. A swayed back and a prominent potbelly are other signs of this aged buck. Loose skin develops on the neck and head areas as muscle tone declines. Recent battle scars may not be visible, but old scars such as slit ears are evident. A buck's antler size tends to decline with advancing age.
RidgeFACTOR is offline  
Old 10-02-2009, 11:15 AM
Nontypical Buck
halfbakedi420's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: central and east texas
Posts: 4,894

Originally Posted by appleater25
Looks kind of old though the boneage isn't necessarily showing it...3 1/2...4 1/2???

Located in South Central Wisconsin....

deer dude
i would say the deer you have in these pictures is at least 6 years old if not 7 or more. he is an old dude and has payed his dues...just to make it in the woods this long is awsome. he is definatly , if not past due to be harvested. i think in no way will his antlers get bigger, but maybe smaller. gl and happy huntin
halfbakedi420 is offline  
Old 10-02-2009, 11:16 AM
Nontypical Buck
halfbakedi420's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: central and east texas
Posts: 4,894

wow, everyone has an opinion, but to think he is 4 years old lol
halfbakedi420 is offline  
Old 10-02-2009, 05:06 PM
lone cedar farm's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Menlo, Ga.
Posts: 97

I would say 4.5+ hes got the brisket and hocks showing good!
lone cedar farm is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.