Great shots.... not sure of the age but he's certainly seen some action!
That left ear is awesome!
proper little scrapper!
They are normaly quite hard to age but this boys battle scars certainly don't help in the matter. He has certainly been in the wars.
Nice photos. He's had a bit of a barney at one time or another but I wouldn't say that these injuries were at all out of the way for a youngish, mature muntjac buck. Without seeing him laid dead in front of me i couldn't age him and even laid dead i might struggle but he could be as young as 2 or 3. The injuries could be the result of a single tussel with another buck. I have seen necks torn to shreds, gashes on haunches and down the flanks, eye injuries etc etc. if you are ever lucky enough to see two muntjac going at each other it is absolutely vicious. They throw each other about by the neck, the noise is unbelievable.
Cracking photos off a phone! You must have been rumm'n close.
I'd agree with jubnut - without seeing the teeth it is difficult to age him. The length of antlers and the fact that h has brow points are an indicator, but not definitive of any great age.
This is the oldest muntjac buck I've seen:
He was estimated as "old", probably 7 or 8. As well as his antlers going back, he had lost most of his hair on his forehead and had heavy teeth wear. I will try to find a better photo if I can.
By the way, excellent photos as well.
Last edited by willie_gunn; 28-01-2013 at 14:41.
O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!
Just looks like some of us! Pissed off with the weather .
Wow he looks like the mike Tyson of that area!! Great shots thanks for posting
Willie_gun your muntjac looks to have frost damage to the tips of his antlers ive seen this a few times in Roe
Reckon he's a trophy buck to boot too. Bet he'll taste nice too.