White-Tailed Deer Tooth Collection Project

running buck

Once again the department is asking all successful rifle season hunters to provide a tooth from their buck, regardless of its size or age. The tooth is used to accurately age the deer and provides information critical for managing Vermont's deer herd. We will publish the age information on our website in the spring.

When You Report Your Deer

  • Obtain a tooth envelope from the reporting agent and write your Conservation ID, Name, and Date of Kill on the envelope.

  • Remove one of the middle incisor teeth, including the whole root. Place tooth in the tooth envelope and it give to the reporting agent. Removing a tooth does not affect a taxidermist's ability to mount your deer.

    Download tooth removal instructions

    Watch tooth removal how-to video

How Will This Information Be Used?

deer incisors and cross-section of root

This information will help us:

  • Estimate population size, growth rate and mortality rates.

  • Relate age to body weight and antler measurements as indicators of population health.

Thank you to all of the hunters who provided a tooth from their deer in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Click the link below to learn the age of your deer.

Check the age of your deer

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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
Fish & Wildlife LogoDewey Building
Montpelier, VT 05620-3208
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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