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Old September 12, 2011, 01:53 PM   #2
Lee Lapin
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Next year, given a good year as far as food/nutrition is concerned, he'll could be a real trophy if you let him walk this year, assuming you have control of access to his range. I'm not good at 'aging' deer but I'd say that could be just his second or third rack, next year and subsequent year or three... a walking case buck fever! Last year he was probably a forkhorn or perhaps even then he was a 4X4, depending on nutrition and genetics. Prime age for antler growth (again, given diet and genetics) is about 4.5 to 7.5 years, a fully physically mature buck will shift more nutrients to antler growth once its body is mature.

Nice pic...

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