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  • Help me age the BIG drop-tine 6

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    Hi everyone. Haven't posted much this year so far, but i'm honing in on this big 6 point with a drop tine. How old do you guys think he is?
    Judging by his neck size where it meets his chest, i think he is a mature deer that just has bad genes or didn't get enough nutrition for good antler growth. Post your thoughts...
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    Forgot to mention
    Note the big belly and swayed back...
    Also, in the second pic his bases look pretty big compared to his ear...
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    my guess
    i say 3 1/2...the back is still higher then his front. He's just full and getting ready for the rut. you'll know when it's an old deer!
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    Anyone else care to comment?
    Is that a consensus? 3 1/2 year old? Would you cull this deer? Think he'll grow more points for next year?
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    I have seen a lot of deer. I would easily say this buck has bad genes, is probably going backwards, and is ready for the tailgate to protect the gene pool. I'd give him 5 1/2 years easy! Just my opinion.
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    In either case...
    I think that if i see him in daylight hours he's gonna get a dirt nap. If he's a 5 1/2 year-old, then he's a trophy no matter what his horns look like and if he's a 3 1/2 year-old, then he's probably not getting much bigger and needs to be removed. Thanks and keep the comments coming.
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    Hmmmm??
    I think he is more in the 3.5 and a stretch at 4.5. A daytime pic would be a better judge. Definitely a gene issue. I would consider him a cull if you are managing for QDM. If not then he could grow into a very nice 6 or 7 in another year if you wanted him to walk. I say shoot him!!
    He needs eatin!!
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