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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-27-2018, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Aging Deer

Anyone know how the weight of a deer may correspond to its age? I've been keeping a log of the deer that my group has shot the last few years. We are lucky enough that we can get the deer back to the house and weigh them before we gut them to give a on the hoof weight. I've mainly concerned with aging the bucks. We have yet to kill any really good or monsters, biggest one has been a 14" wide 6 pt.

BB - 95 lbs
Half rack 2 pt - 110 lbs
4 pt - 115 lbs
5 pt - 120 lbs
4 pt - 130 lbs
6 pt - 140 lbs
4 pt - 150 lbs
Half rack 3 pt - 155 lbs
3 pt - 170 lbs
6 pt - 175 lbs

All these deer have came from the same general area which is largely farmland with small wood lots. I'm thinking the 110-130 lbs could be 1 1/2 yrs old, 140-150 are 2 1/2 and the 170-175 are 3 1/2? The one that puzzles me the most is the 3 pt that was shot. It was basically a spike with a brow point, fairly heavy mass on the spikes and a HUGE body.

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Just like people there are skinny, fat, big, small. No correlation between body weight or antler size and age.

Learn how to jawbone age. It is nearly 100% reliable in discerning fawns, yearling, and 2.5+. Beyond 2.5+ you aren't going to be accurate, but you can generally get pretty close, especially if you have a history in a particular area in interpreting wear.

The only truly reliable method is cementum annuli which requires sending a tooth to a lab where they count rings similar to growth rings on a tree.
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The only truly reliable method is cementum annuli which requires sending a tooth to a lab where they count rings similar to growth rings on a tree.


For $20 you'll have your answer. But like Elk said, there's no discernible correlation between weight and age.
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The only truly reliable method is cementum annuli which requires sending a tooth to a lab where they count rings similar to growth rings on a tree.


For $20 you'll have your answer. But like Elk said, there's no discernible correlation between weight and age.
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Like the others have said, there's simply no reliable correlation between body size or antler size for aging deer. The same way that you can have a 6'2", 220 lb. teenager versus a 5'8" 160 lb. 50 year-old man, you can have a huge 3 year-old buck with a heavy, 10-point rack versus a smaller-framed, 5 year-old 2x3 who will never get more points or significant body size.


I arrowed a big buck this year and sent the teeth off to a lab for proper aging. I have always had my guesses, but I actually want to know for a fact how the deer that a I bagged realty is for once.
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What is the address where you send your teeth
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Unless you record the date of the harvest, body weight is a fairly useless measurement. Bucks shed a significant amount of weight during the rut.
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What is the address where you send your teeth
My taxidermist sends a them off to Matsonís lab:

Matson's Laboratory - A wildlife lab offering cementum aging and tetracycline biomarker screening
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