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RICMIC

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It's really hard to tell with just this one photo. It has a great frame, but looks like a 3x3 from this angle. I've been faked out by velvet before and surely will be again.
 

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I would call the deer a giant 150 class buck. This deer would score the same at 10" less in width if he had little 5" crab claw forks up front. My guess is that would drastically change everyone's perception of him. Very cool buck though that would be very difficult to pass. Score isn't everything...
 
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Kinda funny story but why I thought I f this buck was because about a month ago i waked out of my brothers house and there eating on one of his apple trees was this guy. I said “hey I know you” lol we were about 40 yds from each other - he looked and walked leisurely away. Right about 25 miles from where the velvet photos were taken.

My brother thought I lost my marbles talking to a deer I had seen in the summer 😆😂...
 
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ColoradoV

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Well I would put him in the low 160's but when talking class I put him in the 30"er class lol.. Or he is a 30" class buck and for some that will trump score any day! Old fella he is and it will be interesting to see if he returns next year.

Also here is another one bigger this time. He was bumping right up against that lower shooter level for me but I gave him the pass as he is just too narrow and the back forks are just not there.. The next year I got a archery tag for the area he lived in and never saw him again in 7 days of looking. A couple of us that bounce bucks off each other in scouting season had a different view of how big this buck was so what class do you guys think on this one?

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RICMIC

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Neat buck with those matching caribou-like back scratchers. I'd guess 170" to 180", making it a 170 class for most of you pros, but for a flatlander amateur like me my take would be; Oh my God...BOOM.
 

Hilltop

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As a typical that deer is a 170 class so with another 15" of non-typical, he is at minimum a 180 class buck. He has good height and great fronts. My guess is that deer, in velvet, would tape very close to 190".
 

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boone/crocket classification. what godeep said above. if it hasn't been scored yet, most just give what they believe is a ballpark guess.
seems pretty obvious to me.
Doesn't seem obvious to me at all. go_deep says a 120 class deer is +/- 10 inches of 120. That means a 120 class deer could be as small as 110 or as big as 130. There's a huge difference between 110 -130.

From reading these responses and other comments about class, is no one really knows what class is.
 
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Class is not that obvious and folks have their opinion that is half the fun. Some guys sandbag bucks others over estimate them..

Remember that 5-10” in total score can be the difference of 1/2”’ to 1” on all the points.. Or a typical w eye guards is a 10 pointer to our fair friends to the east. A mistake in estimating 3/4 of a inch on tine length will have your estimate off close to 10”. On a non typical it obviously can get harder

A 190”+ class buck will just stick out and when they get to 200” they look very special.

The last pic I posted was a very solid imo 185 + - class buck that may have hit 190” or just a bit over if a tape was put to him.
 

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Doesn't seem obvious to me at all. go_deep says a 120 class deer is +/- 10 inches of 120. That means a 120 class deer could be as small as 110 or as big as 130. There's a huge difference between 110 -130.

From reading these responses and other comments about class, is no one really knows what class is.
there is a big difference , but keep in mind , till it's on the ground and one gets some tape on it, it's really just an educated (in some cases uneducated ) ballpark guess. and in the end it's not really a big deal how big or small , a deer someone else saw ,is.
 

ColoradoV

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Here is another buck and this guy is a good example for what to look for in the 3 rd week of July.


So what class is this buck?
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Hard to judge was velvet. I’m not sure if you have the score or know it, but my guess is 155 hard horn. He’s a little weak on the back end.
 

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Well not the best pics of this guy as I take almost all video these days so had to use screenshots. This guy is what to look for in a 200” class buck in the 3 rd week of July... He ended up on the cover of eastmans backcountry edition a couple year ago scored a bit above 210” if I remember right.

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ColoradoV

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Here is the rest of the story...

A local guy got him the buck actually changed units due to scouting pressure the night before the season. Several groups of hunters knew about him he lived right on a road...

One group of nr hunters figured they would have the basin to themselves lol - when they found him the Thursday or Friday before the opener what a surprise it was when everyone showed up (even a outfitter w client) and all the pressure pushed him again into another unit where he was killed.

Kinda a normal story as big buck hunting goes these days...
 
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