Mule deer back to chest measurement?

Big Sky

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I know this has been asked before but I've forgotten the measurement. On a mature mule deer buck how far is it from the top of his back to his chest on the average?
Thanks, in advance.
 

Ian M

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Troy, I saw your request and was waiting for some of the guys to mention that we started a list some time ago, it is in the archives. Here are some of my numbers:

Location Mule Deer Whitetail
Back line to belly line 22-24+ 20-22
Ground to top of shoulders 45 42
Ear width 18-22 17-18
Nose to tail 95-97 93-95
Body Width (head-on) 15+ 12-14

Walking speed 3-5
Trotting speed 20
Galloping speed 35

(I sent this to Troy, thought some of the other guys might find it intersting)
 

Len Backus

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I'll look into it after my hunting seasons are over. Leaving for Montana Saturday, then homestate whitetail starts, then Colorado on December 4. Whew...tough job!
 

Ian M

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Here are some numbers that I dug up. Have never mil-ranged an elk so cannot tell you how good they are.

SPECIES - ELK (BULL)
HEIGHTS
Ground to Bottom of Chest 36"
Ground to Top of Shoulders 60"
Backline to Brisket 30"
LENGTHS
Tail to Nose (Over-all Length) 65"
 

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