Thanks, I am always trying hard to learn as much as I can from consistently successful hunters.
I am just starting to learn about aging by tooth wear and I just started keeping the jaw bones from my deer this year. The 10 point was from a couple years ago and the biologist at the check station pulled the jaw and said he was only 2.5 years old. The 3 racks in the center I killed this year and I am almost positive they are (from left to right) 4.5, 3.5 and 2.5.
Food source is tough. Acorns are obviously hit hard when they are dropping (mostly live oaks and water oaks where I hunt). Palmetto berries are very highly preferred when they are ripe. Pond apples if they are present in the swamps. Areas that back up to groves, deer LOVE oranges, I mean they eat them WHOLE believe it or not. Sod fields are magnets for deer as well. But if there are no groves or sod nearby they just browse. We have tons of thick undergrowth. They also eat the aquatic plants in the cypress/tupelo swamps and flag ponds.
No Shortcuts. No Excuses. No Regrets.