A deer aging tool is exactly what it sounds like. It is a tool that hunters and wildlife managers use to determine the age of a deer.
Deer are aged according to the amount of wear in their teeth. The tool replicates a set of 8 tooth wear patterns in 1 year increments beginning at 1 ½ years. The aging tool begins at 1 ½ years, because a deer that qualifies for legal hunting will never be a fawn.
A fawn is born in the spring and is only 6 months old by the next hunting season. The fawn will not be old enough to hunt until the second hunting season, which makes it 1 ½ years old.
Teeth wear is used for aging because deer are foragers and eat a variety of foods which require grinding. For example, weeds, twigs, seeds and nuts all wear down teeth.
Deer also chew cud, which requires daily grinding of the teeth. Because deer are like humans and often use one side of their jaw more thaadn others, it's important to look at both sides when trying to determine age.
You want to choose the most worn side for measuring.
The deer tool measures deer teeth wear at 8 stages: 1 ½, 2 ½, 3 ½, 4 ½, 5 ½, 6 1/2, 7 ½ and 8 ½ years old.
At each age there are specific indications of wear on the cusps, lingual crests and molars.
The aging tool has 8 replicated teeth matching how the teeth would look at each of the 8 stages. Each set of teeth on the tool represents one side of the jaw.
When you kill a deer, all you have to do in order to age your deer is match one of the sets of teeth on the tool to the teeth of the deer you hunted.
This takes a lot of the guesswork out of the aging process. This aging process has been used since 1949 by hunters, biologists and wildlife management personnel.
The only thing
you have to be careful about is underestimating the age by not choosing
for comparison to the tool the side most worn.
Aging deer is important because it promotes better management of hunting lands.
It also teaches you to choose a deer in its prime when faced with shot choices while hunting. You can shoot a deer, determine its age and take note of the size and development of the animal.
Deer are aged in 4 basic categories which are fawn, yearling, middle-aged and mature.
A deer aging tool is a handy device which is simple in design and powerful in effectiveness. For a very good Whitetail Deer Aging tool follow the link below.
Forensic aging of whitetail deer using the cementum annuli method.
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