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Old 11-03-2004, 11:47 AM
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got permission to hunt some private ground and they want to keep the smaller bucks, can shot 4 year old and older. My question, what's a good way to age them while they are still running around?!
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Old 11-03-2004, 01:15 PM
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Keith, i don't know myself,, but appx. 2 weeks ago there was a post by someone who owns a deer farm and he posted pictures of the deer at different ages. Hope you find it or someone else remembers the posts name.
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Old 11-03-2004, 01:30 PM
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Didn't help much. I do agree with him that you really can't tell the age till you get the jaw and measure it. I saw somewhere though you can tell by there snout and the older they get, they get a slump in the back.
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Old 11-03-2004, 01:38 PM
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Sorry about the info. not helping you,, maybe some body else knows and if not you might want to check back with the owner of this land
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Old 11-03-2004, 02:51 PM
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If I'm not mistaken I believe that the amount of hair covering the inside of a whitetails ear is a "field" indication of age.
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Old 11-03-2004, 03:21 PM
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ORIGINAL: muley69

If I'm not mistaken I believe that the amount of hair covering the inside of a whitetails ear is a "field" indication of age.
Now if only I could get the deer to hold still while I count... J/K.

This is a tough one. I've never been good at it! Perhaps asking the people who you got permission from would be the best bet.
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Old 11-03-2004, 04:02 PM
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You got to card them, aging a deer takes some skill that comes from experience. I usually can age up to 3 1/2 and after that it gets harder from 4 to 7. It that post did't help I dont know what to tell you. I just seen many derr in 44 years and it sorta came to me.
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