Tips to assess deer offered at Field Day

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Many visitors to Field Day at the Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon enjoy deer hunting, but know little about the standards for assessing deer. Meagan Duffee, a private land conservationist, brought samples of deer skulls from Barton and Vernon counties and asked students to guess the scores. She explained that the size of the jaw bone and the antler size are needed to age a deer, a determination that cannot be made simply seeing deer on the hoof. Duffee noted that in the mating season, a buck can roam across a territory as wide as 500 acres. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat

Many visitors to Field Day at the Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon enjoy deer hunting, but know little about the standards for assessing deer.

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