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He’s right, no one is 100% correct on the age of every buck. I like to compare it to people in their teens, 20’s, 30’s, 40’s etc. It’s easy to guess those age brackets for most people, but some people just don’t fit.

I doubt few mistake a 2 year old for a 5 year old. It’s the “is he 3 or 4? 4 or 5? 2 or 3?” Multiple pictures are needed to make a better judgement on age. One picture can belie the truth.
 

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All deer aging by photos is, is educated guessing. Some people are better at it than others, but no one gets it right 100% of the time.

How many 2 or 3 yr old deer do you see get killed in tv hunts that they describe as Matoor..... :D
 
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Tackett’s buck last year looked like a baby. Like 2 years old. Except for the heavy 166” rack.
I figured he must be an exceptional 3 year old.
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One of the smallest bucks we have had on the scale in many years. His eye to nose measurement and neck circumference put him on a very small form.

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I had him coming across the creek 200 yards away and threw the binos up to recognize him. I put the bow down and grabbed the video camera….he wasn’t 3. A neighbor shot him and told me he aged at 6.5.
He has a old looking face IMHO...... Not surprised.
 

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Wish I had this one aged, I am guessing he was not a 2 year old.
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That seems to be the dressed weight of a 3 year old buck in my experience: 175.
At 168 lbs dressed he was "tiny". We have been breaking the 200 mark most of the time.
Tackett honestly thought he shot Bambi when he walked up on him. Took a little while of soaking in what his rack really was
before he decided he was a heck of a nice buck.

We would "settle" for a small buck with a "decent" rack like this one every year. LOL
 

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Many moons ago...
I used to be young, seems like it was only last week.... :D For those on their way to old age.... It comes fast, and it hurts when you get there. :D
 
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