Pictures of a nice buck.

Discussion in 'Nature Photography' started by JHow, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. JHow

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    What do you think of it? What do you think it would score?
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  2. NYLES

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    120-130....135 max! I really hope you killed him and know the answer!

    To justify my scoring, nice and wide 18-20" now his downs short tines, he is a nine but I dont deduct, lil thin on the mass size. And Id say he's a 2.5 year old.

    Hard to judge em lookin at a pic, Nice pics by the way.


    Lil secrect on my scoring this one is, my 10 I killed last year very simular style rack and I know the score on it!
     
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  3. JHow

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    I thought he was at least 3.5 yr. I'll post another pic to show his body size.
    No, I never shot him. I would've had to shoot over my right shoulder, and rotating in that stand wasn't too much of an option. He should've followed a trail behind me to offer a perfect shot over my left shoulder, but a storm came out of nowhere and the last picture of him looking at me was as far as he came.
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  4. NYLES

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    I dont know where you are so couldnt give an opinion using body size he is a pretty good size deer! But if you look at the shape of his head still in the shape of a younger deer. Look at my 10 under "totally unbelievable" or under black powder more pics of him in there youll see how much longer and more developed his nose and head are.
    He is a 3.5-4.5 my taxidermist forgot I wanted his jaw and when killed he had the lock-jaw so I didnt get to look.

    Some good news for ya he'll be a fine deer next year and looks like you found a great place for a stand. Try practicing a lil left handed stand shooting its really not that hard whith a lil practice....I dare one come up behind and right, flip the gun and get him! Work on some camo around your stand get it so you can move for a shot if you need to. I dont know how close he is gettting to you but practice your shooting. That was a pretty open spot maybe a nice ground blind would be in order. Good luck! dream about him till you see hime again youll get your chance at him.
     
  5. JHow

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    central Mississippi.
     
  6. NYLES

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    I figured that out when I saw the pic of the one you got! trees and lil bambo oak leaves, I said to myself he is in MS! AND close!
     
  7. JHow

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    wow, I looked at your "Find me on the map" and close would be an understatement.
     
  8. NYLES

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    check ya pm's bought send ya one!
     
  9. davewilson

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    i've got my doubts that's a 2 yr old, i'd say 3 or 4 probably. score in the 130's.
     
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    Dave,
    Ill give him 3 found out he is about in my backyard but he aint a 4.....Glad to see we agree on his score! I just hope he gets him!
     
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    Nyles, don't claim to be very knowledgeable on southern deer, but i might bet you one of those catfish dinners he's 4 years old. look at the angle the horns come out of his head. pretty low angle. on young deer, the angle of the horns where they exit the head are much closer together, like the dead one pictured on the ground. he looks 3 to me. look at the depth of the body and how the head looks a little small by comparison. granted the side view doesn't look like an old roman nose fella, but not all deer get that. but the front views are different. he's got me a little on the fence. but i'm bettin there's just as good a chance he's 4 as 3. again, southern deer aren't my specialty, and it's been a long time since i've killed one that size. as a side note, i'll drink almost any kind of beer you buy with that catfish dinner!
     
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    All I know is he is much bigger than any deer I saw this season. Hope you put the "smackdown" on him next year so we can all find out for sure;) Oh, and I don't think he's going to get any smaller:D good luck, AL
     
  13. NYLES

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    Hey, yall it aint over he's got nine days left to get him!
     
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    I want to start off by saying that this is mature buck. To me he's got a full neck blending into the brisket area. My best guess he would be a 5yr old. Good disciplin on letting him go to grow another year. I also enjoy taking photographs of deer and like to watch them mature year after year ~ it's like catch and release. As far as the score goes I don't think he will crack 130 due to his short tine length, but he does have good main beam length. Looks like a 9pt in the picture. The break down on scoring a deer in % of what gives you more on the score is: Main Beam, Tine Length, Mass and then Width. I really enjoy seeing pictures of mature deer. If it's any kind of an indicator look at the other deer in the picture: The spike is for sure a 1yr old and then there is what looks like a 6pt in the picture - he may go 2/3yrs old. You can see the difference in bodies from the pictures.... That's what I see.. Keep the pictures coming..