How to Age Deer on the Hoof
Learning to age deer on the hoof is not an exact science and there are exceptions to every rule, but there are some undeniable physical characteristics that an old buck takes on as he matures. Here’s what to look for.
Determining Deer Age
With an understanding of how molars wear from year to year and some practice, hunters can reliably estimate the age of their deer.
How to Age a Whitetail
How can you tell the difference between a 2½-year-old buck and a mature 5½-year-old deer in those few tense seconds before you shoot or don’t shoot? Start by familiarizing yourself with the ever-changing features of the whitetail buck.