How old is this Kansas buck?

By Grant Woods,

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This KS deer on the right on one of our properties has a massive body!! I’m trying to be better at guessing age. Thinking at least 4.5 on this guy because is his neck, shoulders and belly. Thoughts?


That is a nice buck. However, I think his shoulder and ham would be even more developed if he was four.  I suspect his posture makes his back look more swayed than it is.  

This buck’s neck merges with his chest well above his brisket and his chest doesn’t sag below where his leg meets his shoulder.  I believe there are more indicators this buck is three than four. 

Either way he’s a fine deer!  

Enjoy creation,