“Age this Buck” November Edition

January 2, 2014 by  
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How old you think this Buck is?   The goal is to help you better learn some of the body characteristics of deer so you can let younger bucks walk or grow older if you are working on a QDM effort on your property.  Remember Kip Adams, Biologist from Quality Deer Management Association, will be providing his expertise at the end of the month based on what he sees from this picture…….

South Carolina Deer

Picture Taken on October 29th

Kip’s Feedback

(3.5 years) This middle-aged buck has a moderately heavy neck that is slightly wider than his head, and it has a distinct connection point on his chest.  He has muscular shoulders, legs that appear proportional to his body, and a tight waist.  A 2-year-old would have less mass in his chest, a thinner neck, and legs that appear too long for his body.  A 4-year-old would have a heavier neck and chest and a deeper waist.  At 3.5 years old you would expect his antlers to be larger, but that is why you use body characteristics rather than antlers to estimate a buck’s age on the hoof.
Kip Adams
Certified Wildlife Biologist &
Director of Education & Outreach – Northern Region
Quality Deer Management Association

Originally posted 2010-11-03 07:55:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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