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#3171910 - 02/21/13 11:54 AM 5 or 6?
catman529
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Just another doe skeleton I found while shed hunting. I'd like to have a set of jaws from every age class so I can use them to better guess the age of a deer, and can't decide if this one would go 5.5 or 6.5. Could have died late summer if that makes much difference. Relatively fresh skeleton but down to the bare bones.

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#3171922 - 02/21/13 12:02 PM Re: 5 or 6? [Re: catman529]
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6.5+
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#3174238 - 02/23/13 08:50 PM Re: 5 or 6? [Re: Andy S.]
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#3174640 - 02/24/13 01:51 PM Re: 5 or 6? [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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Is the 4th tooth worn smooth no ridges to the touch, if so 6.5 yrs. Work your way back to the 5th. If the 5th is smooth 7.5 yrs, 6th tooth 8.5, after that cannot tell. Hard to tell from a pic need to have in hands. I have one 6.5.
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#3174700 - 02/24/13 03:29 PM Re: 5 or 6? [Re: A/M/G]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: A/M/G
Is the 4th tooth worn smooth no ridges to the touch, if so 6.5 yrs. Work your way back to the 5th. If the 5th is smooth 7.5 yrs, 6th tooth 8.5, after that cannot tell. Hard to tell from a pic need to have in hands. I have one 6.5.
the 4th teeth are almost smooth but there is just a little enamel left in the middle. Looks older than usual 5.5 year old though so I am on the fence.
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#3175420 - 02/25/13 08:40 AM Re: 5 or 6? [Re: catman529]
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Yea, after really looking at the jaw, it looks to me like 5/1/2, because of the ridge on the 4th tooth. Again would like to feel the tooth. At any rate old deer. I now have a set fawn thru 6 1/2, like you I too am glad to have a nice set of jaw bones. It took me 3 years to complete my set thru 6 1/2. I prob will never get any older than that.
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#3175594 - 02/25/13 11:16 AM Re: 5 or 6? [Re: A/M/G]
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OH boy Cat that is an old gal,All I will say is mature after 4.5 I give up.
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#3175714 - 02/25/13 01:31 PM Re: 5 or 6? [Re: A/M/G]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: A/M/G
Yea, after really looking at the jaw, it looks to me like 5/1/2, because of the ridge on the 4th tooth. Again would like to feel the tooth. At any rate old deer. I now have a set fawn thru 6 1/2, like you I too am glad to have a nice set of jaw bones. It took me 3 years to complete my set thru 6 1/2. I prob will never get any older than that.
half of the jaws were pick ups and half were ones I killed last year. If this one is 6.5, then I have jaws from every age from 1.5 up to 6.5 as well as one that looks 8.5+ with the 4th tooth being almost down to the bone. I would also have a fawn but the fawn head I left behind the house to rot got dragged off by critters.
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#3177862 - 02/27/13 09:47 AM Re: 5 or 6? [Re: catman529]
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catman529, send me your phone number via pm, and I will text you pics of my deer jaw bone, that I believe to be 6 1/2, let you decide. I have sent you a pm.
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#3180782 - 03/01/13 09:08 PM Re: 5 or 6? [Re: A/M/G]
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aging deer by tooth wear is a noble concept, that is plaqued by overwhelming flaws. The most prominent being the fact that no one can ever check their answers, including the person who taught u and the one who taught him.
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