Age this

This pic was from 2016, I let this deer walk multiple times, thinking he was a 2.5 year old. I estimated the age from the body size. He had just over a 16" spread.


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Well that's the hero shot, can't add the trail pic. I feel really lucky haven't had much on the cams this year, but I'm down to only 3 cams, on 400 acres. I've been putting less and less energy into trail cameras. I think they are great for estimating what a property is capable of, after a few years, but I know what my land can produce. It seems I see more of the better deer in stand than what cams show. I know a booner type of buck is rare for my properties, but it's always possible.
I've been fortunate enough to harvest bucks consistently between 140-165 every year. I believe this buck is a 4.5 year old, but it's body looked like a 3.5. maybe I can get a trail photo posted yet
Good hunting


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Great buck, even when blocking out the large antlers, the head itself and the part of the body showing, it sure looks like it couldn't be a 3 1/2 and likely is more than a 4 1/2 as well as compared to the deer here. That reinforces how different deer are from one region to another.
He aged out at a 4.5. I wish I could figure out how to post the trail cam pick of him. His body size is a year behind. I thought he was a 2.5 from the above trail cam pick. This year's body looked like a 3.5. I'm very confident on the 4.5 age after examining the teeth.
This deer had an abnormally small body.