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Magicman38 05-27-2008 12:14 AM

Deer antlers
I have recently purchased 80 acres just North of Stonewall,Manitoba. I have seen deer every time I've been there. I found a nice 4x shed and lots of rub.How do I age a deer antler shed?

bullmoose38 05-27-2008 06:47 AM

Well to age a deer by its antlers is pretty tough. You might be able to get within a couple years but thats still even guessing. The only way to really age a deer is by seeing it on hoof. Or by having his bottom jaw to see teeth wear.

Monie 05-27-2008 08:14 AM

Yep. I've seen yearlings and two year olds, on tv, that had the racks of 3 and 4 year olds! Goooood genetics! The jist of the show was that not all yearlings and two year olds are spikes and forkeys.

youngbuck83 05-27-2008 11:11 AM

Like Bull said, the only way to be 100% positive is to have the jaw bone.

huntingson 05-29-2008 10:12 AM

Actually, the jawbone is not 100% and it is virtually impossible to age a deer by its teeth after age 3.5. The only truly accurate way to age a deer is a combination of the jaw and weighing the eye lense. With the jawbone alone you can easily tell a fawn, yearling, and 2.5 year old. Beyond that the only thing you can say with certainty is 3.5+. They tested it with over 1000 biologists and aging a deer beyond 3.5 with just the jaw bone they were only accurate 1/3 of the time.

Colorado Rick 05-29-2008 12:11 PM

I thought you had to cut them in half and count the rings???

Landon 05-30-2008 06:24 AM


Originally Posted by huntingson (Post 13581)
weighing the eye lense..

WHat tha?? I never heard of that , that soulds gross. LOL

Anyway , I have never found a jaw bone shed yet.

MJewell 05-30-2008 07:01 AM

I think Magicman38 is actually asking how to tell how old the shed is.

Not sure maybe I read the post wrong.

If that is what he is asking after it has been on the ground more then 2 years it is hard, but most sheds will be chewed up by small game animals before that time so most of the sheds found are 2 years or newer. Depending where they were dropped. Sheds from this past winter should still have fairly white bases on them while older ones will have started to be bleached white by the sun an the bases turning a darker colour.

Magicman38 if you have a picture post it and I'll try and give you a better idea as to the age. If this is what you are asking.


Magicman38 05-31-2008 10:40 AM

Yes actually I did mean how long ago the antler was shed. Since the deer haven't grown their new ones yet this year I can't tell who it belongs to! If the shed is two years old he just might have a 5x or more rack this fall! Wouldn't that be sweet! thx guys!

bullmoose38 05-31-2008 01:37 PM

Well post a pic will see what everyone thinks. :D

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