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help with width on antlers on Mule deer

Does anyone now the avg. width a mule deer ears when they are straght out to the side.  i am just trying to figure out how wide some of these bucks are i am seeing.

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About 24".

About 24".

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But, most deer won't put

But, most deer won't put their ears straight out to the sides for you to get a good estimate.  So, I would take that 24", and maybe subtract 3" off each side, for a width of about 18-20" or so from ear tip to ear tip, when judging an animal.

Personally, with whitetail or mulies, any deer that is outside of it's ears gets serious consideration from me.  Heck, I'll take any deer period right now... lol

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ok, i guess some of the bucks

ok, i guess some of the bucks i have been watching are around 28-30 wide.  Sure hope to get a shot at one of them.  going to be a tuff hunt with so much land closed off to the public because of the fire burn..

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I hope you get a shot at them

I hope you get a shot at them also.  A 30 inch mule deer is the dream of many western hunters. 

Good luck!

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Just be prepared for ground

Just be prepared for ground shrinkage after the shot. 

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I use the ears as a general

I use the ears as a general guide but they do vary some just like anything else. PLus like was said they can be cocked back or forward some to throw things off. Some deer just have bigger ears than others. It doesn't matter to me as if it looks big it is big and that enough. I would love to get a huge one but pretty much take anything with 4points on a side if I see one. And every few years on the last weekend a couple of forkies have fallen as well.

Good luck on getting a trophie though. 30 inches seems to be the benchmark people throw out for a huge buck but there are many more variables than that. My widest buck is a 27 inch 3x3 taht would score very poorly but my best buck is only around a 22 inch 4x4 and scores about 170.

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i won't pass up any 4x4. 

i won't pass up any 4x4.  don't see to many 3x3's here where i live, don't know why.  Do see alot of 4x5's, 5x5's and a few 6x6's.  just got to be right place right time.

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