Commission Seeks Volunteers for Deer Jawbone Submission Program

Commission Seeks Volunteers for Deer Jawbone Submission Program

Author: NCWRC blogger/Friday, September 20, 2019/Categories: Blog, Wildlife Management

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking volunteers for its annual Deer Jawbone Submission program. Jawbones should be submitted from does and bucks of all ages, not just large deer. Biologists use the information from this program to estimate the age structure of the harvest.

Hunters who harvest a doe or buck of any age and would like to submit the jawbone, have two submission options this year:

  • They can complete an online enrollment form, and receive two Tyvek business-reply, postage-paid envelopes. Participants are asked to make sure each jawbone is dried before being sealed in the envelope and returned to the Commission.
  • They can submit photos electronically to their district biologist.  By following the detailed instructions on the form, hunters can email digital photos of their deer’s lower jawbone.

Commission biologists will estimate the age of each deer based on tooth replacement and tooth wear patterns. Participants will receive a report with the estimated age(s) of their deer the following summer. To view past harvest summaries and deer season frameworks evaluation reports, visit the Commission’s deer webpage.  


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James Auton

10/31/2020 9:23 PM

Would be awesome to have the communities involved with wildlife management such as 4H, FFA or even boy scouts and Girl scouts with deer check in stations of opening week of gun season for each district. The community group can assist NC wildlife officials of taking a survey of deer, turkey, Bob cat and wild pig etc that was seen. The check stations would age the deer and score any bucks wishing to be scored on antler inches.

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