Don't know his age but he's been hurt since last year at least. You can tell by his screwy left antler. An injury to the right side of a deer often alters antler growth on the left side and vice versa. My first buck, "Stumpy", had his right hind leg shot off @ the hock & completely healed. Very goofy looking rack.
Doesn't look like anything much pass 2.5 to 3.5 yoa...His body is still sleek and young looking including his face...That injury is what caused the rack to go crazy...I would take him regardless, but it appears he's in pain so all the more reason to arrow him this year...!
That leg doesn't look good. Looks like an old injury but look at the position of the tail...... he's hurt'n. I saw a pic on another board and it was of a doe w/ 2fawns she was missing her front leg. I think I would rather be an amputie than to have the infection that buck has . I would take that buck the first chance I got.:killpain:
Id estimate 3.5yrs, probably unable to breed anyway, thats an old injury, but probably this years.
It looks like the leg was busted and that the bone healed into a big callous knot.
I dont know about that opposite rack to injury theory.
But I would imagine he favors his good side, thus he is banging the developing horns into more brush and stuff as they formed this time around.
Hes obviously not agile enough anymore to duck brush, limbs, fences, etc.
So his good side is taking a beating at every step as they grew.
Of course i could also picture a car striking him in the right rear and knocking his developing rack on the pavement on the left as a more likely cause,
it takes quite a bit i would imagine, to push that main beam back all the way at the base.
Hes obviously still feeding and fat. Right at shooting age anyway.
If the opportunity presents take him.
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