How Old was my Harvested Deer?
Remove the lower jaw without damaging any teeth. This can be done by various means, the important part is to remove the jaw without damaging any teeth. A bone saw or hacksaw can be very handy in this task. The jaw does not need to be whole, you can cut the jaw at the lines marked. You can watch this video on how to remove the jaw.
Ask your taxidermist to save your deer jaw when they cape out your trophy. Clean jaw of any debris (blood, dirt, vegetation, etc.) Provide clear photos of top view and side view of deer jaw. It is important to have all teeth in the jaw to be viewed.
New: In an effort to gather additional information about our deer herd, please provide beam length and beam circumference if you harvested a buck. Instructions: Measurements are to the nearest 1/8 inch. Measurements are best taken with a 1/4 inch flexible steel tape. The beam length can be taken with a piece of thin cable or flexible wire. Beam length: Generally a line from the antler burr, above the eye, to the beam tip, maintained along the outer side of the beam. Beam circumference: The smallest circumference between the burr and the first point (brow tine).
1. Beam length:
2. Pic showing clip on end:
3. Measuring the length:
4. Close-up of measurement 19 5/8:
5. Circumference 3 5/8: