Can You Guess The Age Of This Buck? By Grant Woods

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This video was taken in South Dakota in an area that produces soybeans and corn. Hence I expect bucks there to have a large body size and larger antlers per each age class than bucks from areas with lower quality forage.

Notice that his chest and hams don’t appear fully developed and that his antler bases don’t have a much larger diameter than his eyes. His back and belly don’t appear to sag and his chest doesn’t sag below where his leg meets his shoulder.

These are all signs of a three year old buck. If the goal is to allow this buck to grow his best set of antlers it will be best to pass him this year. What would you do if you were hunting in South Dakota or an area with good quality habitat and saw this buck?

Enjoy pursuing deer,


About Grant Woods

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Dr. Grant Woods was raised and began his love of white-tailed deer as a bow hunter in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri.