RUTLAND, Vt. — Hunters who provided the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with a tooth from their deer can now find out how old their deer was by visiting the department’s website, vtfishandwildlife.com. The department is requesting addition information from hunters who harvested a buck three years or older.
A total of 2,769 teeth were received from successful rifle season hunters. When added to the 1,831 deer examined by biologists during the youth and rifle seasons, the department was able to get accurate ages for 4,600 deer.
“We are thankful to the thousands of hunters who were willing to support our deer management efforts by providing us with a tooth from their deer,” said Deer Project Leader Nick Fortin. “We are particularly grateful to the handful of dedicated reporting stations that collected a tooth from every deer they reported. This effort would not have been as successful without their assistance.”
If a hunter’s deer was three years old or older and it wasn’t examined by a biologist at the reporting station, Fish & Wildlife would like a picture of its antlers. To help out, hunters can send a picture (or two) to AntlerPics@vermont.gov. Pictures must clearly show all antler points. Detailed instructions are available on the Fish & Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).