How old is this east Texas buck?

By Grant Woods,

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← Grant's AnswersHow Old Is This Buck?
I hunt on a deer lease in East Texas and the lease rule is 3 1/2 or older. If this was my land i would pass till 4 1/2 but have other hunter to compete with. Im having a hard time judging if these two bucks are 2 1/2 or 3 1/2.


Thanks for including the location of these bucks. This information helps understand the habitat conditions and allows for more accurate age estimate.

The buck on left doesn’t offer a good view to give an accurate age estimate.  

The buck on the right has very straight back and belly lines.  His neck merges with his chest well above his brisket.  When I cover this buck’s antlers he appears as a mature doe.  That’s usually a good indicator of a two year old buck due to lack of muscle development.  

Based on all these indicators I estimate this buck is two years old.

Enjoy creation,


October 20, 2015