How to age a buck
I have heard all sorts of theories on the matter. Some say by weight, grey in the face, size of rack, a hanging belly and of course their teeth. But if someone were to shoot a buck and want to get it mounted, you would never want to cut the cheek open to age there teeth. My taxadermist and I were discuusing this topic when he was capeing it out. He had a couple of fellas come in with a buck and swear to him it was a 5 year old. They said " Look at the all the grey in th bucks face" " Look at his size, he's over 200lbs dressed out" The taxadermist, his name is Doug, said to the guys "Take your hats off, and look at all the grey in your hair, how old are you both". "I am 54 years old and no grey and half the size you both are". Both of the guys were in there early 40s and over 6'4". Kinda funny I thought. He told me the best way the age a deer is to measure from the deers nose to the bottem of it's eye. O.K., I am rambling on now so I was just wondering if anyone else had any idea on aging a buck
Have the taxidermist save the jaw bone, the only thing he uses is the cape and the horns anyway. But you can't tell by the grey in the bucks face. I never heard about measuring the nose, bu twho knows.
the scientific and most accurate way to age a Deer is the teeth and NO you do NOT need to cut the cheek open or anything to age it.
Some stores are now selling plastic Deer jaws as guages for comparison.
A Deers color, nose, ears, antler's, belly, girth, length, height & weight, muscle mass and hoof size can help a person guess at a Deers age but
it's only a guess and sometimes isn't even close to the actual age of the deer.
It's All in the Teeth
The science of aging deer is based on tooth development and wear. Like humans, deer replace their "baby teeth" with permanent teeth at a relatively set rate.
As surely as a 6-year-old child will soon lose their two front teeth, an 18-month-old buck will be in the process of losing its third premolar.
By the time a deer is 2-1/2; years old, all permanent teeth are in. At this stage, estimating age is based largely on the rate of tooth wear.
I hope this info helps.
I would like to respectfully disagree. If you know the deer herd in YOUR area and spend enough time with them you can tell in other ways besides the teeth... This is from an informative poster straight from QDMA
1 1/2 Bucks
I am not trying to toot my own horn, I am just trying to make people see you CAN age a deer without harvesting them. I think people fall into that trap of feeling helpless and they end up harvesting a deer before taking the time to size it up...this leads to small buck populations, and the loss of a strong, good size buck population.
You can closely judge the age of people, dogs, cats, plants, etc.....by their outward appearance....why would deer be any different? There are exceptions to every rule, but 99% of the time you can tell!
I'm not questioning anyones experience or ability to age deer on the hoof but aging deer on the hoof is nothing more than a individuals best guess even the QDMA Experts agree "Aging a deer on the hoof is only an estimate of the deers age" and not a scientific calculation.
all are valid methods im hearing now the best method is to actually cut a tooth in half .It has rings like a tree.you can also carbon date it for the most accurate method:biggrin:
Wow, that is some good information...thanks tnrebel:thumbup:
I can do through the toughnest of the steaks!:ph34r:
Great info guys. I have never heard of the tooth method. Joel, what do you mean by CARBON DATE IT....
you know like they do with fossils:biggrin:
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