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.
From Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine, the 2016 Whitetails Wall Calendarfeatures the work of deer researchers Wayne Laroche and Charlie Alsheimer, who reveal the 2016 whitetail rut prediction, based on years of lunar cycle research. Utilize this deer moon phase calendar to find out which days the deer will be seeking and chasing so you can time the rut for the best time to hunt.