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what is the best way to determin deer maturity

What is the best field expediant method to determin if a deer is mature or not

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Audra Goss

Audra Goss

In my experience, the larger and thicker the rack and the neck, the older the deer is. An eight point can still be a young deer; if the base of the rack isn't an inch or bigger in diameter, it's still a young buck. It's also in the musculature; the thicker the neck and shoulders, the stronger the buck, which typically means they're older. If the ears and back are starting to sag and they nod their head when grazing, we take them down, cause that deer could be at least seven or eight.
seth baker

seth baker

Ok what about a doe?
Zack Doyle

Zack Doyle

The best way to judge age is body structure and posture, for both bucks and does. Audra was pretty much spot on when it comes to bucks. As for does, look for large body size and a long face. Older does also tend to be much more cautious and deliberate, and will show that in their body language.
seth baker

seth baker

Ok sounds good. I appreciate the info
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