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I will second what ECU said

I will second what ECU said about deer in the south.

I hunt GA and SC and for us, a mature buck will weigh between 165 pounds and 200 pounds, generally.

We see some 200 to 225 pounders but they are the exception and not the rule.

Over in west central Georgia, they do have some better genetics (I am not fortunate enough to hunt there) and they see some 250 + pound bucks.

Generally speaking, and this might be another topic but it seems as if they go hand in hand - our mature bucks typically have 100 to 130 inch racks. A 150" buck is an eye popper over here.

Moving back to west central Georgia, they frequently see 150" + deer over there - in fact, some Booners come from that area.

Our mature does run from 90 pounds to 110 pounds, with a 100 pounder being considered a good meat doe.

Hope that helps!

I think some of the DNR sites for certain states may even help with this type of information.

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+1 Jims remarks

+1 Jims remarks

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There is a rule in ecology

There is a rule in ecology that states that individuals of a species have higher body mass in higher latitudes than in southern latitudes. I want to say it is called Bergman's or Berkman's rule. It is not considered gospel though and some people don't buy it as a universal rule. It works in many situations like deer for example but completely falls apart in the case of many pachiderms for example.

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That is an interest theory. 

That is an interest theory.  I wonder if it has to do with the climate.  The higher the lat, the colder it is therefore more body mass is needed to stay warm and the opposite in the lower lats where it is warmer.  The smaller body mass can cool itself better.

I don't know, but it is interesting.

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I agree

CVC wrote:

That is an interest theory.  I wonder if it has to do with the climate.  The higher the lat, the colder it is therefore more body mass is needed to stay warm and the opposite in the lower lats where it is warmer.  The smaller body mass can cool itself better.

I don't know, but it is interesting.

I'm no scientist but I'd say there is something too this. it makes perfect sense that more body mass is needed to keep warm.....so I'll buy it. lol

 

With that said I hunt the middle to western NC areas and the average deer that I see would be in the 150-175 on the high side. The one I took last year in my limited time was about 125. so not big by any strech of the imagination. although it looked bigger while I was looking through my scope and shaking.

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