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Grant Woods

Where to Find Mature Bucks


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The good news is that usually 90% of each age class survives except for mortality due to hunting. If most of the hunters in a large enough area agree to pass immature bucks, then obviously most bucks will survive to maturity and produce larger antlers! How do you make this happen? Simple. Talk to your […]

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Grant Woods

A Quick Method to Age Bucks on the Hoof


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If the buck’s chest and front shoulders are large enough that the buck would probably balance on the 2” x 4” when it is picked up (not tipping toward his head or hams), the buck is probably a 3 year old. If the buck would obviously tip toward his head he’s very likely a 4 […]

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Grant Woods

Patterning Doe Fawns to Kill Mature Bucks


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If enough fawns in the area become receptive hunters will certainly see bucks seeking, and scrapes being created and/or reopened, etc. This is the stage that is sometimes described as the second rut. This “rut” is much easier to hunt than when bucks are primarily chasing mature does. While mature does often use a different […]

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Grant Woods

Taking a Second Look to Age a Buck


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  Ignore the antlers! Body shape is a much better indicator of age than antlers. If you have to convince yourself the buck is old enough, he probably isn’t. If the situation permits, always wait for the buck to change position. If the chest is obviously buffalo shaped – so much so that if you […]

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