From Pennsylvania Game Commission
-- Two things many hunters want to know about deer they take are the age and weight. Now, through its website, the Game Commission offers free tools to guide hunters in determining a deer's age and weight.
Hunters can learn how Game Commission biologists determine the age of a white-tailed deer on the 7 minute, 38 second YouTube video that demonstrates the technique used to identify deer that are six months old, 18 months old and 30 months old or older.
View the video at http://www.youtube.com/pagamecommission#p/a/f/1/qyQx3GXbuBk.
"Looking at the teeth is the best method of aging a white-tailed deer," according to Dr. Christopher Rosenberry, deer and elk management Section supervisor. "Antler points and amount of gray on the muzzle are not reliable methods of aging deer."
In partnership with the Pennsylvania State University Department of Dairy and Animal Science, the Game Commission also posted a deer weight estimating chart in its "White-Tailed Deer" section of its website,
Knowing the girth of the deer's chest, which is measured in inches just behind the front legs, the chart can help hunters estimate a deer's live weight and field dressed weight, as well as the weight of edible boneless meat. For example, a deer with a girth of 35 inches at the chest would have an estimated live weight of 126 pounds, an estimated field-dressed weight of 99 pounds and yield around 57 pounds of edible venison.
The agency also sells a deer weight tape, for 94 cents, which includes markings to enable a hunter to estimate these weights in the field.The tape includes a depiction of where to place the tape around a deer's chest, as well as measurements that enables a hunter to convert that measurement in inches into estimated live weight, field-dressed weight and edible boneless meat.
To purchase the tape, go to the Game Commission's website at www.pgc.state.pa.us, click on General Store in the menu bar at the top of the page, choose Visit the Outdoor Shop, select Merchandise, then Miscellaneous Items and down to Deer Weight Tape.
To see other Game Commission YouTube videos, go to the website and click on the YouTube icon at the top of the opening page at www.pgc.state.pa.us