White-Tailed Deer Tooth Collection Project

running buck

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

  • Remove one of the middle incisor teeth, including the whole root.

  • Tooth envelopes and tooth removal instructions are available at reporting stations. Place tooth in the tooth envelope, write your Conservation ID, Name, and Date of Kill on the envelope and it give to the reporting agent before November 30.

  • If you report your deer online, you can place your tooth in an envelop along with your Conservation ID, Name, and Date of Kill  and mail it to Nick Fortin, VT Fish & Wildlife, 271 North Main Street, Suite 215, Rutland, VT 05701-2423 or drop it off at a reporting station before November 30. 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 since 2015. 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
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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