I was reading some articles on guys “growing 300 bushel corn”. Almost all the articles go like this... “70 bushels +/- based on weather “. “40 bushels +/- based on hybrid selection”. “50 bushels +/- based on large p&k basis (& micros) combined with premium timed & ideal rates N inputs” “15 +/- on tillage (compaction issues, no till, etc) “ Etc, etc etc. Was thinking how that translated to deer. Most we can’t control. Some we can. Was talking to a few veterinarians and some high fence deer breeders. Some interesting ones that stood out..... “High tick infestation can decrease a deers rack by 15%”. So- a 200” potential buck could be 170”. What’s u all’s biggest factors & any ideas u implement around them?? Most is Mother Nature- no doubt. WEATHER!!!! Drought, harsh winter, late spring, etc. or the OPPOSITE: mild winter, early spring, great rainfall.... IMO- can easily swing a deer’s potential 10-20% with extremes on weather. NUTRITION.... overlooked. U go to rough pasture areas with very little nutrient rich tillable- IMO- the bucks will be lower for hitting potential. Rich farm bottoms- higher. It may appear to be opposite BECAUSE.... the rough areas hold more timber sometimes and harder to hunt so deer get older. Which age is clearly biggest factor. & Rich farm land has less cover and up & comers are gunned down early. But- all in all - high fertility ground IMO has 10-25% impact on deers potential. AGE: clearly trumps all & the biggest factor on a million levels. Social stress.... too many deer..... IMO when it’s “bad” 5-20% off deers potential. Seen many areas where too many deer and “bucks max at 130-170”” where there’s tons of mature bucks. Large Pockets of no hunting for example. See areas with LOW deer numbers pop out mega freak giants on other side. FOOD: with nutrition above.... year round browse, grain, greens, high protein, carbs with low temps, etc. where deer have all they need for potential... hard to say but substantial. lot more. Thinking out loud. Kinda like “300 bushel corn” & all the factors that go into it. For deer- some we can control- some we can’t. IMO- fun to do the work on the things a guy can control. Impacts of other things? Thoughts?