How old is the cornfield buck?

By Grant Woods,

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Grant: Really enjoy your online program. I was having a debate with friends about the age of a big buck (file attached) that I captured on trail camera. It’s not the best angle, but it’s clearly a mature buck. I think it’s perhaps about 8 years old. Friend of mine thinks it’s 5 years or so. Can you help settle our debate? How old do you think this deer is?

Appreciate your feedback. Keep those great programs coming. Have a blessed Christmas.

Take care,

Eric ,

You are correct – it is very tough to accurately estimate the age of bucks from a frontal view.  It appears his neck merges with his chest well above his brisket and that he’s very muscular.  I suspect this buck is younger than older but I’m not comfortable refining my estimate further based on this image.  I don’t see signs of senility, saggy back or belly, etc.  

Enjoy creation,


December 24, 2015