Successful Morning Hunt with a Close Encounter and Promising Yearling Buck

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  • Mike's avatar

    Just curious on your terminology. By “yearling”, do you mean this year’s deer or 1.5 yrs old? Just asking because I wonder if different regions use different terms. Up here, a yearling is roughly 6 months old and is called a yearling because it was born this “year.” That looks like a 1 1/2 year old to me. Button bucks are yearlings and rarely grow buttons or spikes over 2-3” tops. A ton of 1 1/2 yr old bucks grow spikes that size, but I’ve seen 1 1/2 yr old 10 points with spindly narrow racks also. Interesting critters in every aspect man

  • Adam D's avatar

    @Mike no, like 6month old, this year's deer. I can see why that would be confusing lol. I'm guessing that deer was 6months old because to see it in person it was built more like a button buck, that and we have some other spikes on the property that I would put at the 1.5 mark that dwarf this thing. Honestly I had the thought maybe it was an antlered doe? I'm not sure.

  • Mike's avatar

    Interesting. It definitely doesn’t have the head shape of our yearlings, but again, they are awful diverse critters. Do you have good nutrition there? I’m wondering if the other spikes aren’t 2 1/2 and that’s why they have bigger bodies. I guess you’ll just have to kill them all and start checking teeth🤪

  • Adam D's avatar

    @Mike ah, very well could be man. This particular area is mountain with no ag just limited pasture in places. The only food other than natural mast is what Dad and I plant down in the holler. Makes sense to me.

  • Adam D's avatar

    @Mike East Tennessee is weird man, we're not mountainous enough to totally rely on mountain hunting technique but there's virtually no ag in my areas other than pasture so you can't pattern them on that either.

  • Mike's avatar

    @Adam there’s no doubt that each “region” has its own peculiarities.

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