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from ian on 11.21.09
although little deer might have big feet,a big deer will not have little tracks,a lot of people see a track in loose dirt or mud and think it's a big deer because of clear image.so big tracks excite me but I PAY MORE ATTENTION AS TO HOW THEY SET THIER FEET and whether they are dragging thier hooves .a big doe track that leads me to a fresh rub is obviously a buck 'unless smaller sets are with it.older deer have a tendency to over step the front foot and dray thier feet more thus more over turned leaves .unless you spend hundreds of hours folling tracks it's hard to explian . you just kinda start getting a feel what it is youre trailing and even then i'm often surprised or just wrong on my assumptions. the times you are right make up for these defaults
Using the lower jaw;you should be able to determine the age of the animal by the development and age of the teeth.Our Ministry of Natural Resources(MNR) collects data from harvested animals using this method.It is a fairly accurate method up to about five -six years and if the animal is older it becomes a bit variable as to determination of age but by using comparative models you can usually arrive at a result.
age no, general body size...maybe.Some deer have larger feet than others depending on habitat(swamp deer have larger feet than those living in an area with hard bedrock to wear down foot size) and genetics(I have killed some smaller antlered deer that had big hooves)
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