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    Age of deer.

    Hi, im fairly new to stalking and wondering if there is any easy ways to tell how old deer are???
    I will mainly be stalking Muntjac, Chinese water, Fallow, and Red.
    Any help will be appreciated thanks
    Last edited by verminhunter243; 22-11-2013 at 17:02.

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    Almost impossible to tell accurately by antlers alone mate. However, looking at your location and the photo you've posted, I'd say he is about 3.5 years old!
    MS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxster View Post
    Teeth.
    Yes, try to get it to say "Cheese" in the next photo!
    MS

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    Lots of threads on here about it. Some like to think they are more accurate with a certain methods. It is generally agreed upon that if you stalk and cull regularly in one area you will be able to judge the speed of tooth wear and get an indication of age from that. If you collect a jaw bone from each animal you can build up a picture by putting them in order and comparing it with the age you guessed at the time. You can age young deer from the crowns on the premolar which like milk teeth are replaced at around the 13 month mark. You can also judge from apearance - young, in their prime and old. A lot is educated guestimation but if you know your area and the deer it helps.

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    Young, middle aged, older.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bijssg View Post
    Young, middle aged, older.
    +1 on that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by verminhunter243 View Post
    Hi, im fairly new to stalking and wondering if there is any easy ways to tell how old deer are???
    I will mainly be stalking Muntjac, Chinese water, Fallow, and Red.
    Any help will be appreciated thanks
    Shaped of the head/length can give a good indication, and also in roebucks the colour to the face will determine 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th heads - If I get the chance I'll scan the page in my book and post it up.

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