Please Sign In


New To Sportsman Network?
  • Age a deer

    Reply
     
    Hi guys how do you tell if possible how to age a deer and decide whether it has more growing potential or if its ready to be harvested?
    Reply
    Mature...not yet!
    The older deer/bucks will get the unmistakeable sagging belly and swag in their back. This guy looks 2 maybe 2 1/2. In 2 years he will put on 50 to 60 pounds 20 inches and come in like he just wants to lay down!
    Reply
    aging a deer
    as noted by viper, the belly sag is much like us older fellas.lol. the older we get the more our belly sags, so with age the buck's belly will too. also I look at his shoulder to ham ratio, the older they get, the more propotionate they will look together. a fully mature deer's shoulder will look as big as the ham. If you watch shows like the bucks of tecomate you will notice it more when there are several deer together.(or look at some of the bachelor pics on this site and notice the differences)It would be nice to give him two years, but he would be hard to pass up.
    Reply
    aging deer
    look at the pics from still hunter, don't look at those racks, look at the bodies and you will see notice the age difference between them. I know we notice the racks first,lol...yes pun intended, but the racks are a result of good genetics and nutriton.
    Reply
    Let him grow
    The only way to truly 'age' a deer is by examining its teeth (after death), and that usually requires a trained biologist.
    Looking at racks is not an accurate way to age deer. I've seen some 3 1/2-year-old Booners ... I know of a world-record typical that is dead, killed by a hunter but taken last year at a high-fence game ranch of more than 1000 acres, but it can't be scored officially and entered into the B&C record books because it was shot inside a fence...that deer is only 4 years old.....I know of 170-class rack deer that are 2 years old .... beauty is in the eye of the beholder ...me, I'd let this book in the photo walk until next year or the next and hope somebody else doesn't pop him.
    Reply
    Thanks
    Hi guys thanks for the advice I'll try & let this fellow live for another year if possible me & my son get trigger happy when deer come out in front of us so it's going to be hard to just watch him all season. We've watched him grow every since last Xmas when I got my first trail cam & he was a small four.
    Reply
    deer
    I belive a trophy is in the eye of the hunter. If you think its a shooter by all means shootem, But also waiting a year or two you could have a real monster.
    Reply