Deer Aging on the Hoof: Another New Age Hunting Falacy

Once rack size and trophy management became the focal point of deer hunting in the mid to late 90’s, lots of annoying things came along with it.  One of these things was aging deer based on physical appearance.  It’s a phenomenon that is more popular now than it ever was.  The internet and television abound with people stating with certainty a deer’s age based solely on his looks.  Professor Becky McPeake from the University of Arkansas wrote a really interesting piece on the subject which will hopefully put this myth to bed.  The table below should tell you everything you need to know about the accuracy aging them on the hoof.  LINK

deer table