Types of Information to Collect

The form suggests minimal records to be kept on deer harvest.

One method of keeping these records is to use a 3 x 5 card for each animal harvested. Cards may be color coded so that one color can be used for bucks and another color for does.

Materials needed for keeping these records will include a scale for wighing field dressed taking antler measurements. A “jaw spreader” may be used to pry open the mouths of dead deer to record age by tooth wear on the side jaw teeth

Age of deer can be determined by examining tooth wear of the jaw teeth. A publicaiton describing this technique is available from the Texas Agricultural Extension Servic (B-1453 The Age of a Deer).

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Deer Management Harvest Record (Doe)

Ranch____________________________________________________Hunter_____________________________________________________

Date________________________________________________________Location of kill___________________________________________

Carcass identification no.__________________________________Age____________________

Field dressed weight________________________________________

Body condition (check one)

______good:fat across back and base of tail; fat of kidney and in body cavity.

______fair: little or no excess fat, but bones not showing.

______poor: ribs, backbone and pelvic girdle prominent under skin.

Deer Management Harvest Record (Buck)

Ranch____________________________________________________Hunter_____________________________________________________

Date________________________________________________________Location of kill___________________________________________

Carcass identification no.__________________________________Age____________________

Field dressed weight________________________________________

Antler data: Number of points (a point must be 1/2 inch or longer from the tip to the nearest edge of beam)

Right_______________________________________________________Left_______________________________________________________

Spread_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Beam circumference (above burr) Right_______________________Left__________________________

Length of main beam Right___________________________________Left__________________________

Body condition (check one)

______good:fat across back and base of tail; fat of kidney and in body cavity.

______fair: little or no excess fat, but bones not showing.

______poor: ribs, backbone and pelvic girdle prominent under skin.