A Hunter's Guide to Aging and Judging Live White-Tailed Deer in the Southeast

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Mississippi State University Extension Service

A Hunter's Guide to Aging and Judging Live White-Tailed Deer in the Southeast

Rapid growth of deer populations, the overharvest of bucks, and the underharvest of does have created overpopulated deer herds with highly unbalanced sex ratios across the Southeast. These conditions result in a large number of female deer and a limited number of older aged bucks.

Deer overpopulation causes damage to forest vegetation and agricultural crops, threatens human health because of deervehicle collisions, and creates unhealthy deer as a result of inadequate food supplies. Because antler development increases dramatically with age, lack of older bucks translates into fewer large-antlered bucks available for harvest.
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