Deer Aging Contest 2014
Cementum Annuli Results courtesy of DeerAge.com
We had two winners who got both Buck1 and Buck2 correct:
So once again we proved that very few people can age bucks accurately, even within +/- one year. Buck 1 was a fully mature deer at 6.5 years old. He was well known to us - having over 3 years of trail camera photos. His body was approximately 190lbs on the hoof and his rack and body were starting to decline. His teeth were worn but intact. Buck 2 was never seen by anyone before from our freinds in Kansas, no trail camera photos and no previous sightings. He weighed 140lbs on the hoof and was in full decline. His teeth were almost entirely gone. The dead giveaway was the amazing lower mass that did not extend into point length. He was a remarkably old buck, however, some hunters in camp thought he was 3.5 at best. Once again proving that not only is live aging terribly unreliable, some of the indicators people swear by are flat wrong as well.