November 06, 2008
BuckTracker: Age Before Beauty?
By Scott Bestul
Most deer hunters are prone to fantasy, so here’s one to ponder as the
rut heats up; two mature bucks are working their way toward your stand,
slowly enough that you have time to size them up pretty well. One
whitetail sports a rack that would clearly out-score the headgear worn
by his buddy. But the sagging belly, sway-back, and tremendous bulk of
the second buck indicate a much older deer.
Assuming you’ll get an equal opportunity to shoot either buck, which do
you focus on? The breathtaking frame of the younger deer would
catapault it higher up the record book, but fooling an old
warrior—regardless of his B&C standing—just one time is a heady
feat in itself. To fuel your imagination, I’ve included some
contributed cam-pics of actual deer living on a friend’s farm this
fall. The clean, typical-frame bucks are obvious and tempting….but that
buck with the goofy side is doubtless the senior member of the clan.
Which would you rather put a tag on? And why? Anxious to hear your