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Old 08-30-2013, 12:29 PM
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How old is this deer?

Southeast MI trail cam pic. He looks young to me (3 1/2?) but I am interested in some expert opinions. If he makes it another 2 years he could be special (for this area) but 'round here that is pretty unlikely. Will be fun to watch him this fall, if he doesn't magically disappear like some do come Oct 1 . . .
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:54 PM
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Re: How old is this deer?

Looks like a typical 3 1/2 year old deer or maybe even a 2 1/2. If he gets about 3-4 more years on the hoof, he'll be a good deer.
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:01 PM
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Re: How old is this deer?

SE Michigan...He's safe from me. Now if it was west central (Big Rapids) all bets would be off...lol
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Old 08-30-2013, 03:20 PM
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Re: How old is this deer?

I say 2.5 years old. Another year and he will have more mass and more points. Body looks good also but don't think 3.5, not for down here. SE??
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:25 PM
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Re: How old is this deer?

I should have stated SW, not SE. I'm in the SE quadrant but my property is West Central. Just north of the line where howitzers are legal for deer and bear.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:06 PM
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Re: How old is this deer?

I agree with the 2 1/2 year old estimate, rack is on the thin side, and small body if the real deer hunters would pass him he will be a great deer in 3 more years but the odds in that are probably slim, as they would be in my part of the country as well. Yet everyone wants to know why they can't seem to kill a P&Y let alone a Booner. It's the age old story you cant kill a great buck if you don't let the good ones walk.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:51 PM
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Re: How old is this deer?

If i were just looking at the rack, i would certainly say 2.5 When i look at his body though, he looks to me that he is 3.5 years mostly cause he's got the belly. 2.5's around here do not have that. If i were to ignore his belly, the rest of him looks to be 2.5



He's a tough call for me though.
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