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Wildlife Commission Asks Deer Hunters to Participate in Jawbone Submission Program

  • 18 September 2018
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Wildlife Commission Asks Deer Hunters to Participate in Jawbone Submission Program
Wildlife Commission biologists are looking for jawbones from does and bucks of all ages, not just large deer, to estimate the age structure of the harvest.

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 18, 2018) — 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.  

Media Contact:

Jodie Owen
919-707-0187

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