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1 September 2012 Evaluation of the Tooth-wear and Replacement Method for Aging White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on the Blue Grass Army Depot, Madison County, Kentucky
Charles L. Elliott, Thomas Edwards
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We evaluated the reliability of the tooth-wear and replacement method for aging hunter-harvested deer on the Blue Grass Army Depot, Madison County, Kentucky. Eighty-seven hunter-harvested white-tailed deer were aged using the tooth-wear and replacement procedure and had an incisor tooth removed for aging via the cementum annuli method. We found no significant difference (P < 0.05) in the distribution of ages (1.5 years, 2.5 years, 3.5 years, ≥4.5 years) assigned using either method for male (X2  =  6.69) or female (X2  =  6.85) deer. The majority (77%) of the tooth-wear: cementum pairs of age estimates were in agreement for deer in this study. The tooth-wear and replacement technique tended to identify the age of female white-tailed deer ≥3.5 years of age incorrectly.

The Kentucky Academy of Science
Charles L. Elliott and Thomas Edwards "Evaluation of the Tooth-wear and Replacement Method for Aging White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on the Blue Grass Army Depot, Madison County, Kentucky," Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Science 73(2), 73-76, (1 September 2012). https://doi.org/10.3101/1098-7096-73.2.73
Published: 1 September 2012
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Odocoileus virginianus
tooth-wear aging method
white-tailed deer
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