Help me age this deer!

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  1. AmericanVeteranOutdoors

    AmericanVeteranOutdoors Weekend Warrior

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    His stomach tells me 4.5 and neck tells me 3.5
    i know hes not a monster but if by chance he put on 20" from 3 to 4 years old id always regret shooting him with that thought. I do have another buck on this farm using his same scrape that is 145". Im in maryland and we do get 2 bucks to kill so im not really sure what route im going to take.any friendly advice would be appreciated
     

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    I wanna say 3 1/2 judgin by the lanky legs and his rack. Short tined
     
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    cyokley40 Weekend Warrior

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    I think he's just bloated lol
     
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    I'm going to guess at least 4.5. He looks to big and heavy and round rumped for 3.5 to my eye but it's really hard to get a good idea from one pic and no history.
     
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    AmericanVeteranOutdoors Weekend Warrior

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    I have had people tell me 5.5 and a bunch tell me 3.5.... if hes 4.5 i wanna get him outta there plus he'd be a nice trophy.My wife was joking saying he had probably just ate and even though he is in a ban field i dont see his stomach growing that much. definatly a tough decision.
     
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    okcaveman Die Hard Bowhunter

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    That's the problem right there. No way to really be sure when aging on the hoof.

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    archbunk Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Not an expert by any means but it looks to me like a 3.5 yr old. His back is not swayed and the base of his neck is not filled out even with his chest cavity. Just a guess though.


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    Daryl Bell Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I would say 3.5, he looks like he may be hunched up a little, making his body look a little bigger and his back arch.
     
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    Agreed.

    A clearer pic of head structure will probably show a decent 'Roman nose' for an older deer. This is also an earlier in the season pic, come the rut his neck should be much fuller (unless you put him down) :evilgrin:
     
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    I would get him out of the herd if you're after giants. You wouldn't want his genetics in the herd for to long.
     

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