Deer Age Tool
Are you a die-hard hunter who has always wanted to know the age of the deer you have harvested or plan to harvest? Are you interested in improving the age structure and overall health of your deer herd through Quality Deer Management? If so, the DEER AGE TOOL is for you.
Why would you want to know how old your deer are, you ask? Deer antler size is a function of three simple ingredients: Genetics, nutrition, and age. Most hunters are not able to manipulate the genetics of their deer herd as it is not practical to eradicate an unfavorable gene pool and replace it with another. Nutrition can be managed to a certain extent by creating food plots and/or other supplemental feeding where it is legally permitted although often costly and maintenance intensive. Age, however, is arguably the easiest of the three ingredients to manage to produce trophy deer with impressive antler size. Older deer produce greater antler mass, given the same nutrition and genetics than younger deer.
Created with input from experts at the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), the DEER AGE TOOL merges science with technology and will guide you systematically through the process of aging your deer by examination of tooth eruption and wear patterns from known-age deer. Using your iPhone’s unique pinch/zoom feature, you can compare these photos to the teeth from your deer while still in the field. DEER AGE TOOL is the only deer aging APP on the market with high resolution jawbone photos.
The DEER AGE TOOL is also a resource for gaining insight on another deer aging technique known as cementum annuli, which is considered the most accurate aging method for deer 3.5 years of age and older. If you wish to be an informed hunter and a responsible wildlife manager, this is a resource that every deer hunter should have!
The DEER AGE TOOL also includes a module which allows the user to “field judge” a deer’s age by providing details of known physical and behavioral attributes of deer, by age, with representative photos. This module helps the user make informed harvest decisions BEFORE deer harvest.
-How to prepare the jaw for viewing.
-Deer Tooth Anatomy 101.
-Terms and definitions with descriptive photos.
-Decision tree similar to “Taxonomic Key” style.
-Compare your deer jaw with photos of known age deer jaw photos with iPhone ‘pinch/zoom’ feature.
-Information on Cementum Annuli aging.
-How to “field judge” deer age prior to harvest with representative photos.
-Important links to other resources.
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