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The Union County Federation just got the results back from the teeth that were collected from the last season. I would have taken more pictures of the animals if I had know they were this old.
There were 3 deer running together and all were harvested.

This one was determined to be 12.5 years old. [eek]



The one in the foreground was aged to 7.5 and the one in the background 1.5.

 

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Shot a doe in Bass River State Forest , she aged out at 11 1/2. The oldest deer killed in NJ was tagged as a fawn and killed 18 years later.
 

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meat must have tasted like leather........
Tasted just fine, like any other deer.
 

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Why is the leash not long enough?
[rofl]

It's the easiest way to get them out when your in the woods 1/2 a mile to a mile. No trails, lots of swamp and sticker bushes and fallen trees. It's a hell of a drag.
 

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Fred,
We were amazed that these deer were that old[eek]
The division has a pretty great program for deer aging. Extract a tooth, put it into a supplied envelope, get it to a biologist...and the results are posted within a couple of months.
Out of the 25 teeth the Union County Federation submitted, the Barnegat girls were the oldest!
Nice shooting!
Ray
 

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Are those guys related?

They look like triplets [hihi]

Pretty neat gettin them aged. I would have never guessed that age.
 

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The division has a pretty great program for deer aging.
I think the boys will pull the teeth without me next year. They loved the information.

you can approximate age l by the head
Using the teeth gives you a definite age, the tooth is cross sectioned in a lab. No wondering or guessing. Besides I never would have guessed 12.5.
 
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