Age This Buck!
This buck is a big mainframe 8-pointer that was shot in Central Illinois.
Luckily, we’ve got pictures of him from almost the exact same angle but 4 months apart. A lot of change happened to this buck’s body, so let’s see if you can guess how old he was when he was shot back in 2020.
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I'd guess that this buck is 4.5 years old in 2020. The 2019 trail cam photo makes me believe that he was a 3.5-year-old deer that season. He appeared to have a slender body build with a flat back and a chest just beginning to fill out. Images from 2020 clearly show this buck's solid build one year later. His body has become more rectangular, no longer sporting a trimmed belly line. His neck, where it meets his brisket, is thick and muscular. Lastly, he no longer looks long-legged, a characteristic that usually disappears when a buck reaches 4.5.
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This buck is beginning to show some extension at the brisket. It also appears to have well-developed hams as well as muscled front feet. However, with well-defined facial features, pointed ears, and a well-defined nose along with the absence of sag in the back and its belly, I would estimate the age of this buck to be four. Behaviorally on video, he even walks with the confidence of a four-year-old.
This is a buck that I was able to harvest in January of 2021, during a frozen, snowy evening. He is a big main-frame 8-pointer that I had 1 encounter with earlier that fall, and a fair amount of trail camera pictures the year prior. By looking at his flat back and filled-out neck, I would estimate him at 4.5 years old at the time that I shot him.
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