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how to tell a 3.5 from a 4.5?????

Old 10-28-2011, 09:47 PM
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Default how to tell a 3.5 from a 4.5?????

On our lease here in southern Indiana we just uped the ante and moved from any 140" or any 4.5 year old whitetail buck, to has to be atleast a 4.5 year old!!! My question is what is the easiest way to tell the difference between a 3.5 and a 4.5?
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Old 10-29-2011, 04:34 AM
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those trail cam manufacturers are going to have to present the age of the deer, when its picture is taken on the trail cam. They can put it right next to the time.

And making up a rule is sometimes a lot easier than understanding it.
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Old 10-29-2011, 02:51 PM
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At 3.5 the legs are still long and lanky looking, their body starts to fill out at 3.5 and they are very fit looking deer. The separation of neck and shoulder is very visible as the neck of a 3.5 is muscular but still thin looking. 3.5 y/o deer often are mistaken as mature for the simple fact of 'he looked muscular and fit'. 4.5 y/o deer appear to have short legs and a thick body, the neck becomes very muscular and the line between the neck and shoulder tends to disappear. The belly is rounding still tight though. Also the back is still straight and strong looking. Square and chiseled body. At 5.5 the deer is a year from peak antler growth. The legs are short and very thick looking, and the obvious sag in the belly and drop in the spine. Also the eyes get small and narrow. They have reached their potential body muscle at 5.5. hope this helps
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:28 AM
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The fact is it’ll be extremely difficult to tell in a hunting situation, and many times it will just be impossible. To be honest, it sounds like a poor rule. Good intentions, but few people can tell the difference. Even biologists don’t get it right every time, and that’s with plenty of time to look a deer over. Who’s going to verify every deer, and how? Why change the rule if you aren’t sure yourself?

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