That's a tough call. In theory, it would be nice to pass on him until next year... but in reality, that bad boy would be taken. I would however try to let him go until after the rut - let him spread his genes a bit before the day of reckoning.
he looks mature but doesn't look like he's topped out i think. if you have any doubts about if you should take him given the opportunity then let him grow. around here he would not live long at all. that's my circumstance, though, not yours.
I think that deer is mature for sure. Guessing 4.5 - 5.5. Also, most bucks top out at 5.5, and from 4.5 to 5.5 ive seen a very small increase regarding inches. The biggest jump is generally from 3.5 - 4.5. I'd say he'll grow as much in the field as he will on your wall. I honestly don't thik he's gonna get much better than that, so unless you are managing a giant farm and you can be absolutely certain no one will shoot him, no poachers will shoot him, he will survive the winter and he'll be bigger next year then let him go...However, he's getting a free truck ride if he comes by my set.
I think Hoosier might be right....this deer may be older than 5.5 which, if true, makes him extremely special.
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My guess, and only a guess, is that he is 3.5 years...a very nice rack that will probably score in the 140s...though next year he would probably add a few inches...particularly his G2's look a bit small and he does not look as heavy as most 4.5 year old bucks that I have seen...
Your circumstances determine your answer though...Is he the largest that you have seen? How much property do you control? (Passing him up does not really help if he gets shot the minute he crosses onto a neighbor's property) Do you want him?
If the answer to questions 1 or 3 is yes, then I say SHOOT.
Never look a gift horse in the mouth. If he shows up and makes your heart pound, let her rip. Only you can decide what to pass or not when the time comes. We get too wrapped up in the numbers sometimes. In the end, does it really matter?