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Deer Age Comparison

Don't know this is interesting or not but these are public land deer taken in Centre County in 2013 and 2015. Based on enamel/dentine, the deer on the left is 2 1/2 and the deer on the right is about 4 1/2.


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Was that results from a lab?
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It looks to me like the same deer. LOL
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I would have to see the DNA from the deer on the right matched to that skull to truly accept those lab results.

I have seen a lot of deer antlers shed from bucks in pens where the exact age of the deer was well known and documented. Both of those bucks appear to be 2 ˝ years old based on a number of different factors from the skull size to the dimeter of the bases to the spread and point configuration and length.

I suspect the lab mixed the tooth up with one from a different skull and thus would not completely accept that lab report as being accurate without a DNA test. It could be but I am highly suspicious of the result.

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I don't know,the one on the right has a grayer face lol.
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We look at size, joint color and texture , teeth growth, size of rack.

Most deer we take are what I call middle- lower classed gene pool bucks in our area.

The true upper classed(huge) bucks we never see or just a fast look or they are on posted ground. Closest we came to one was 10 guys 7 acres and he still snuck out, I tried two shot at 350-400 yds. just too thick. Found one a huge 6 illegal for us to shot, 18 inch inside spread, 1 3/4" diameter bases we think he was 4.5 to 5.5 years old. Both these deer would be on posted ground now. We can no longer hunt these thickets. One day one of us will get lucky.
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My kid and I killed two this year that looked almost identical to those.One was about 16" and the other was about 17".Both had decent mass and both were big bodied.They were both killed in the big woods and based strictly on their body size for this area,I would have guessed both of them over 2.5.I had a skull mount done on mine and mounted the one my son shot.The taxidermist has aged thousands of them and he claimed they were both 2.5.I've killed a pile of 2.5 year old deer and these two were both far bigger in body size.Maybe that's just a good sign.
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I don't know,the one on the right has a grayer face lol.
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RSB x2. Ok not knocking these 2 really good deer.
I cant imagine the deer on the right being 4-1/2. No difference in spread from the 2-1/2, and even more narrow skull, same tine heighth etc..... Most Pa 4-1/2 yr olds would be carrying 19" min. with more width carrying more mass with longer tines. Genetics between the 2 are quite similar too.

I couldnt believe it to be a 3-1/2 let alone 4-1/2.
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