Forestry and Natural Resources


A Key for Aging White-tailed Deer Using Tooth Replacement and Wear Technique

Publication Date

Fall 10-9-2020

Publication Number

LGP 1093


Management of white-tailed deer is important to maintain the health of deer herds and to protect their habitats from the effects of overpopulation. Knowing the age of deer is imperative to maintain a balance of deer and their habitat. This paper provides a summary of how to age deer in the field using tooth replacement and wear technique. A key for aging deer using this technique is presented to serve as a quick reference guide in the field.

Publication Type

Guide / Booklet


Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension

Publisher City

Clemson, SC

Target Audiences

wildlife biologists, foresters, landowners, hunters

Previous Versions

Oct 5 2020