Old and/or very smart. It is unusual to see bald knees on a young buck because they either don’t live long enough to learn the trick or they simply haven’t figured it out.
Bald knees are caused from crawling on them and you will find that trait on many mature bucks becaus they figured it out AND practiced it and that is why they are mature!
So, it is a general rule of thumb that bald knees are found in primarily old mature bucks.
I have seen this several times from the helicopter. I guess the buck feels pressured or hears us coming and may think it a truck or something and he hits the ground and starts crawling away! Of course, he doesn’t get far before he sees us, and we him, and the game is over. We have netted bucks as they crawled across the ground and their chins are inches off the ground! If you think mature bucks are just lucky, think again because they are smart too!!!!
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