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The kind of deer you don't want to see

Postby Greenhead Grappler » Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:43 pm

How old is this buck? I got a trail cam pick of him and he looks real bad. Got some good/healthy ones in the area but this one just stood out because it looks so poor.
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Re: The kind of deer you don't want to see

Postby meathead » Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:02 am

Chronic wasting disease?? Whatever's going on it aint pretty
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Re: The kind of deer you don't want to see

Postby Sandman3400 » Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:54 am

He does not look old, just poor health. I would guess he is 2-1/2 years old. 3-1/2 at the most. Good rack too. Something is definitely wrong with him though.
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Re: The kind of deer you don't want to see

Postby Bill Herian » Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:07 pm

Knock him down before the rut. He's not an old deer, I won't start a "southern deer have small racks" argument but ill say 2 year old at best. The picture isnt all that clear but it isnt hard to tell that something is wrong with him.
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Re: The kind of deer you don't want to see

Postby Greenhead Grappler » Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:44 pm

Yeah I'll agree. Probably just bad health. because of the warmer winter deer aren't as pressured to fatten up, but this is ridiculous. And yes. southern deer just rarely get to the size of northern deer. partly due to the more hunting pressure and partly due to habitat. These particular deer are on public land. We traded big deer for outstanding fishing down here :wink:

Here is some other deer I got on cam the last few weeks. Haven't really seen any mature deer. But they move in later in the season.
Sorry about the fuzzy pics. Just discovered the 3-shot burst this week on the cam. :rolleyes:
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Re: The kind of deer you don't want to see

Postby cjg » Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:25 am

Looks old to me, a deer with something wrong enough to make him look like that probably wouldn't have developed much of a rack, but an old deer would, not as big as when he was in his prime, but it still could be pretty good. JMHO
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Re: The kind of deer you don't want to see

Postby fowlhunter » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:06 am

cjg wrote:Looks old to me, a deer with something wrong enough to make him look like that probably wouldn't have developed much of a rack, but an old deer would, not as big as when he was in his prime, but it still could be pretty good. JMHO


Agreed. I don't think it looks like cwd. I'm no expert in that though. After a buck peaks his rack will get smaller. Just my .02
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Re: The kind of deer you don't want to see

Postby Sandman3400 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:51 pm

It is not the rack that suggests he is young. It is the body. Straight back, no sag, ears very large in relation to the face, long skinny legs, no sag in the belly. That is a young deer. My first stab at aging him was 2-1/2 and possibly 3-1/2. Upon second look, there is no way that deer is 3-1/2. He is probably 2-1/2, but could even be 1-1/2.
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Re: The kind of deer you don't want to see

Postby Greenhead Grappler » Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:12 pm

I'm thinking the same way you are sandman. The deer just doesn't reflect the mature deer in the area. Could be a bad angle but he just looks really poor. I dont know what happen to him. I finally got a pic of what I believe is a mature deer (at least 3 1/2). You can see the deer stay pretty healthy.
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