Estimating Deer Age with Cementum Annuli

The cementum annuli (CA) aging technique is based on the annual addition of cementum, a specialized calcified substance deposited on the roots of teeth in many mammals. Layers of cementum produce “rings” similar to those in trees. A darkly stained ring, or “annulus,” is formed during winter stress, whereas lightly stained rings are formed during …

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Digest This: Scouting Deer Food from the Inside Out

What drives deer movement? Food! Yes, the rut drives buck movements, but they are searching for does. Where are the does? Where the food is! Like me, deer are slaves to their stomachs, they feed many times each day, and food is what drives their movement. Identifying deer movement patterns results in successful hunts. To …

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Prepare Now to Collect Deer Harvest Data

Scouting is on every serious deer hunter’s agenda as the hot, dry summer gives way to our long-awaited fall hunting season. One of the four cornerstones of QDM is herd monitoring. Many hunters/managers are conducting trail-camera surveys to get a better idea of the herd’s adult sex ratio, deer density, fawn recruitment, and of course, …

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A Leg Up: Judging Buck Age From Body Proportions

Is there a wall or door somewhere in your childhood home bearing pencil marks that track your height through the years? If we could just as easily track the body proportions of whitetail bucks as they grow, it would be a great help in estimating their age each time we see them again. I received …

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How to Run a Trail-Camera Survey

A trail-camera survey – put simply – is the most powerful herd monitoring tool you can use that doesn’t require the assistance of a professional wildlife biologist. On your own, you can estimate deer density, sex ratio, buck age structure, fawn recruitment and more – tons of information that will guide you in achieving Quality …

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