WATCH: Learn to Age Deer With Just the Jawbone

One of the most asked questions deer hunters pose to themselves when they see a buck or doe, or ask other hunters at the skinning shed, is common throughout the country.

“How old is it?”

Determining age in a deer isn’t impossible and is a good part of your management program. Pulling the jawbone and then examining the teeth can give you a good idea of age.

The Michigan DNR has a good video about jawbones, hosted by Tim Hart and with DNR biologist and pathologist Tom Cooley. Take a look and give it a try. You may not be 100 percent perfect but chances are good you’ll be in the ballpark.


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