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  • How do I tell a Doe's age when hunting?

    How do I tell a Doe's age when hunting?

  • #2
    If dead you can age them by teeth or measurements from corner of eye to corner of nose.

    On the hoof, size, shape, and color all contribute to help distinguish age. Google aging whitetail deer; pictures are worth a thousand words.

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    • #3
      Never heard of the "nose to eye" thing. It may work.
      The "tooth" aging is suspect too. Deer in sandy areas show quite a bit more tooth wear than deer on harder soils.
      The bigger does are normally your oldest does. When I decide to shoot a doe, I have one criteria!
      "the biggest one in the bunch"! LOL!
      I just like venison and I can't eat antlers!

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      • #4
        When I was young, we lived off of does and looked for the older ones for more meat and better taste. I looked for does that had a large rectangular body and a long face. Size was the prime factor because they were often as large as big bucks.

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        • #5
          Long nose, long rectangular shape to the body = adult. Short nose, square shape to the body is a skipper(fawn). Older deer get a bit of a pot belly.

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          • #6
            Usually the lead doe of a group is the oldest/largest. The tag-alongs are the 1 1/2 year olds and fawns of the year.

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