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#3065596 - 12/06/12 05:05 AM Tooth Aging??
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I read somewhere a while back that the most accurate way to age a deer is some sort of tooth aging process. I don't remember the name and I think UT can do it for a price.

What's that process called, how accurate is it, how much does it cost, and how do I go about doing it?

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#3065621 - 12/06/12 05:52 AM Re: Tooth Aging?? [Re: ghosthunter]
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There is a helpful article on the home page here under tips and tricks I believe. At least it will give you an overview.
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#3065761 - 12/06/12 07:51 AM Re: Tooth Aging?? [Re: TRIGGER]
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It is called cementum annuli. A front tooth is cut and the layers of enamel are counted like the growth rings of a tree.

In the North and Midwest, this is the most accurate aging process. However, in the Southeast, summer droughts can produce two growth/dormancy rings per year on the deer's teeth, which will produce an erroneous age (too old). In the Southeast, I still prefer toothwear for aging, although it has to be understood the ages indicated are just accurate minimum ages, and toothwear indicated ages of 3 or 4+ probably indicate a deer older than that.
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