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Who can age teeth?
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
hooch08 04-Jan-18
Charlie Rehor 04-Jan-18
midwest 04-Jan-18
Bow Crazy 04-Jan-18
midwest 04-Jan-18
hooch08 04-Jan-18
hooch08 04-Jan-18
hooch08 04-Jan-18
hooch08 04-Jan-18
LKH 04-Jan-18
IdyllwildArcher 04-Jan-18
bdfrd24v 04-Jan-18
Franklin 05-Jan-18
Native Okie 05-Jan-18
Lee 05-Jan-18
milnrick 05-Jan-18
Jack Harris 05-Jan-18
Bow Crazy 05-Jan-18
hooch08 05-Jan-18
hooch08 05-Jan-18
skipmaster1 05-Jan-18
Lee 06-Jan-18
From: hooch08
04-Jan-18

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Background : Both deer bow killed in Tx Hill country. Deer 1 8pt with broken/healed front leg guessed 3yrs old on hoof. Deer 2 10PT guessed 4yrs old on hoof.

04-Jan-18
www.deerage.com

If you want the correct age it’s a great service. They’re in TX too:)

From: midwest
04-Jan-18

midwest's Link
deerage.com

...at my link

From: Bow Crazy
04-Jan-18
I can. It's not an exact science, is pretty accurate to 4.5 yrs old. Take some photos, close as you can with all the teeth, straight down, both sides with the inside (tongue side) most important. My email is jlanier@qdma.com BC

From: midwest
04-Jan-18
Charlie and I typing at the same time!

From: hooch08
04-Jan-18

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From: hooch08
04-Jan-18

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Deer 1....thinking he'S slightly older than my original guess of 3.5

From: hooch08
04-Jan-18

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Deer 2

From: hooch08
04-Jan-18

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The 2 skulls side by side....never killed a deer missing teeth.

From: LKH
04-Jan-18
You will be lucky to guess the age of deer one. It's quite old, but the missing teeth affect wear.

I'd guess 8 plus. Send in the front teeth. It's pretty cheap and then you know.

Guess for 2 is 4.5.

04-Jan-18
I agree with LKH.

Send em both in. It's always interesting seeing the results.

From: bdfrd24v
04-Jan-18
Agree with above. Deer 1 has excessive wear. He's old.

Send them in. Well worth it imo

From: Franklin
05-Jan-18
It`s hard from those photos as you need to look straight down on the bottom teeth. What you`re looking for is the dark brown and black line in the molars...along with the general tooth condition. As the deer ages these colored areas change in size in the tooth and teeth will appear flatter and less "sharp" so to speak. There are some various photos that can help you out. These are rough guesses as diet can effect it but not much.

From: Native Okie
05-Jan-18
I took a credited course in college on deer aging jaw bones. As others said, its not an exact science. I've aged a lot of jaws mostly in that course and its a way to get a rough age but the cementum is the for sure way to go.

From: Lee
05-Jan-18
One is very old - 6.5+ - probably 8+ but the missing teeth might be causing more wear and two is 3.5 - 4.5. That being said it isn't an exact science - use Charlie's source if you want to know for sure.

Lee

From: milnrick
05-Jan-18
I think Lee's nailed the ages (or is darned close). Deer #1 - I'd say is 'minimum' of 6.5 (possibly older) , while I'd say #2 isn't more than 3.5.

What part of TX did you take them?

From: Jack Harris
05-Jan-18

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53 years old. Could use some whitener, and a little chipped up from cutting fishing line.

From: Bow Crazy
05-Jan-18
Deer #1 - much older than 6.5 yrs old. I age a lot of teeth and rarely see teeth like this. You are looking at 9 years, if not older than 10. When you see the first molar, fourth tooth from the end (oldest tooth in the mouth), wore down to the bone you are looking at a rare deer. Send that one in for sure. That's pretty special.

Deer #2 - can you take a photo, straight down? From what I'm seeing it looks like a solid 4.5 yr old. Could be a 5.5 yr old. A better photo and I might change my mind.

Good stuff, thanks for posting. BC

From: hooch08
05-Jan-18
Problem is I don't have any incisors on deer 1...either lost them or came out during boiling. I posted because I've never seen teeth this worn, and suspect he might not have made it another year (did you notice 3rd molar abcessed through the bone....bet that was comfortable ). I think I'm pretty decent at aging on the hoof, but I was waaaay off on this one. Looking at the picture, he does have a fair bit of grey, but no roman nose. Body wise, no loose skin or hanging belly. He did have a broken right leg, which had healed...and ultimately the reason I decided to take him.

From: hooch08
05-Jan-18

hooch08's embedded Photo
hooch08's embedded Photo
Problem is I don't have any incisors on deer 1...either lost them or came out during boiling. I posted because I've never seen teeth this worn, and suspect he might not have made it another year (did you notice 3rd molar abcessed through the bone....bet that was comfortable ). I think I'm pretty decent at aging on the hoof, but I was waaaay off on this one. Looking at the picture, he does have a fair bit of grey, but no roman nose. Body wise, no loose skin or hanging belly. He did have a broken right leg, which had healed...and ultimately the reason I decided to take him.

From: skipmaster1
05-Jan-18
Deerage.com can age molars too

From: Lee
06-Jan-18
He is EXCEEDINLY old! I said 6.5+ earlier as he is no doubt mature. Oldest deer I have had aged - I use Matsons Lab out of Montana - was 14.5 and she did not have that much wear! Be interesting to see how old he was! Lee

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