Old 05-27-2008, 12:14 AM
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Default 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?
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:47 AM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:14 AM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:11 AM
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Like Bull said, the only way to be 100% positive is to have the jaw bone.
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:12 AM
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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.
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:11 PM
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I thought you had to cut them in half and count the rings???
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Old 05-30-2008, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by huntingson View Post
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.
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