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Deer Aging

Young Buck or Old Buck?

Deer Aging Image of Young Buck

Young Buck

Appears to be a doe with antlers.
Has legs that seem too long for body.
Often lacks good definition in muscles.
Has a slender neck and body.
Has antlers that tend to be thin.

Deer Aging Image of Mature Buck

Mature Buck

Has legs that look proportional to the body size.
Has a neck the same width or wider than face.
Is proportional from front to rear of body.
Has a belly and a back that are flat and tight.

Deer Aging Image of Old Buck

Old Buck

Has legs that look a bit short for body size.
Has rippled skin around neck and face.
Might have some gray visible around muzzle.
Has a belly that tends to sag.
Has a neck and chest that seem to be 1 large muscle.
Has a forehead that’s usually darker than the muzzle.

What are antlers? And can they tell about a deer's age?

Antlers are not horns. They are living bone structures grown and shed each year by male deer. Antler growth is affected by many factors, including the quality of habitat, available nutrition, a deer’s age and its genetic background. The number of antler points a buck has does not correlate with the buck’s age. Yearling bucks have been known to grow antlers with eight or 10 points when the habitat and nutrition are good. The spread of the antlers can offer a clue to a buck’s age. Yearling bucks rarely have antlers that grow wider than its ears. A buck with antler spread well outside the end of the ears is normally a mature or older buck. Because so many variables affect antler growth, estimating a buck’s age using antler characteristics is not recommended. Using body and antler characteristics together can help place bucks into general age classes: younger, mature, and older deer.  Check out the Young Buck or Old Buck Poster for additional information.


Age My Deer?

How would you like to help collect important data that would be used to better manage the state's deer herd? You can by following the steps below and providing our deer biologist an opportunity to age your harvested deer! Your photos will be analyzed and if an age can be accurately determined, your deer's age will be added to the statewide database used to help make deer management decisions. As an added benefit, your deer's age will be posted here by your e-check confirmation number eliminating the guessing game involved with attempting to age based on body conditions.

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E-Check Confirmation Number Age Month/Year Harvested
782160 4.5 November 2020
827283 3.5 November 2020
806227 4.5 November 2020
858919 4.5 January 2021
858892 5.5 January 2021
752340 3.5 October 2020
860472 5.5 January 2021
852364 5.5 December 2020
846733 4.5 November 2020
782766 3.5 November 2020
776795 4.5 November 2020
788523 3.5 November 2020
843724 3.5 December 2020
809705 6.5+ November 2020
796225 6.5+ November 2020
733572 4.5 October 2020
799254 3.5 November 2020
787596 3.5 November 2020
847577 4.5 December 2020
814015 4.5 November 2020
829156 4.5 November 2020
4566520 4.5 November 2020
74764 3.5 October 2020
834086 1.5 December 2020
740661 3.5 October 2020
792835 3.5 November 2020
825142 4.5 November 2020
779056 5.5 November 2020
803601 5.5 November 2020
775738 4.5 November 2020
807904 4.5 November 2020
807914 4.5 November 2020
812341 6.5+ November 2020
+76052 3.5 November 2020
786979 4.5 November 2020
805823 5.5 November 2020
786602 4.5 November 2020
781383 3.5 November 2020
782173 5.5 November 2020
794591 3.5 November 2020
779067 4.5 November 2020
779066 3.5 November 2020
751222 4.5 October 2020
776833 4.5 November 2020
773933 6.5+ November 2020
744175 3.5 October 2020
774759 3.5 November 2020
757343 6.5+ October 2020
751357 5.5 October 2020
770278 3.5 November 2020
751132 3.5 October 2020
760291 3.5 October 2020
760327 4.5 October 2020
740323 3.5 October 2020
735502 4.5 October 2020
734313 3.5 October 2020
733992 3.5 October 2020

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