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Originally posted by sucker76 sucker76 wrote:

Thanks for the info.  I knew about the teeth but not much else to age the deer.  The lease I have hunted on is managed by a biologist and we save the lower right jaw bone for him and he ages them among other things. 

Here is a pretty good explanation of how to age bucks "on the hoof." 

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I've become pretty good at aging bucks over the years. Mainly, you look at proportions of body features -- the apparent length of their legs relative to torso ratio, whether there is a perceptible transition between the chest and neck, sway in the back, presence of a "Roman nose," thickness of body throughout, tight or loose skin, amount of staining on tarsal glands, and antler development. It's very easy to see the difference between a 1 - 3 year old deer, a little more difficult to see the difference between a 4 - 6 year old, and very easy to detect a deer over 6, which is pretty rare. Most "mature" bucks taken will be between 3 - 5 years old. The physical characteristics of deer will vary by region, and in general the further north you go, the larger the average body size will be due to the need to survive colder winters. So, a 3 year old buck in Saskatchewan may look a lot like a 5 year old buck in Texas.
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Excellent write up.
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