Is this the same buck?

By Grant Woods,

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Dear Dr. Grant this is a buck I hunted last year that I was unsuccessful at harvesting. He is obviously a mature buck. There is two pictures here. The one on the left is last year, and the one on the right is this year. (see pic dates) Do you think this is the same deer? They seem to share characteristics, but if this is the same deer he has lost quite a few inches. Thanks! God bless!!

It appears to be the same buck based on antler configuration. Specifically the buck in each picture shares the same shape of the left brow tine. However, without genetic testing there’s no way to be certain. Either way it’s a neat mature buck that would be on my hit list!

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