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Deer Hunting

how old do deer get

Uploaded on August 18, 2010

in school monday i was flipping through one of my books and it said that the lifespan of a deer was 20 years max but they werent saying if that was in the wild. now this is my question. if a deer is in the wild hunted of not cause if it gets killed it dont matter. would a deer EVER be able to make it to 20 years old where i am at i would say that an 8 year old deer is old . but could a deer make it that long in captivity with adequate food and water.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

At the age of 7 to 7 1/2, most bucks have produced their most massive racks and antler development starts downhill. How long they can live and breed beyond this point is anybody's guess! I would suppose in the 8 to 10 year range.
The biggest problem with "wild" deer is that their teeth wear out and they can no longer "nip" browse nor chew their cud so that it may be better digested. Basically, they starve to death with a full stomach. More than likely, they fall prey to bad weather or varmints!

Bubba
P.S. - Few people realize that a really successful buck may breed no more than 3 to 5 does in a season!

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

We had several deer that were penned up over several periods during the last 50 years that we did studys on by the DNR that I worked for. The oldest that any buck lived was 12 years with ideal food and nutrition and the 12th year the buck was a disgusting sight to look at. The antlers were deformed spikes and the deer had nodlues all over its body. The does were mostly the same. 9 to 10 was mostly the longest the deer made it with ideal situations. I doubt that deer in the wild will live that long because as someone said their teeth will wear out before 10 years and they won't be ablwe to eat. After 7 1/2 years of age the deer start to really go down hill fast. This was done in the mountains of WV here in the East. A study somewhere else in the US may give different results but I doubt that the results will vary greatly.

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from elijahsamuelburnett wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

thank you both for the excellent information i did not know their teeth would wear out but it makes sense that they would and like yall said even under ideal conditions thay might live 12 but theyre not in good shape so in the wild i think its safe to say that 8 years is old for a deer

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from Keith Costley wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

I've read of some deer living 12 to 15 years.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

At the age of 7 to 7 1/2, most bucks have produced their most massive racks and antler development starts downhill. How long they can live and breed beyond this point is anybody's guess! I would suppose in the 8 to 10 year range.
The biggest problem with "wild" deer is that their teeth wear out and they can no longer "nip" browse nor chew their cud so that it may be better digested. Basically, they starve to death with a full stomach. More than likely, they fall prey to bad weather or varmints!

Bubba
P.S. - Few people realize that a really successful buck may breed no more than 3 to 5 does in a season!

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

We had several deer that were penned up over several periods during the last 50 years that we did studys on by the DNR that I worked for. The oldest that any buck lived was 12 years with ideal food and nutrition and the 12th year the buck was a disgusting sight to look at. The antlers were deformed spikes and the deer had nodlues all over its body. The does were mostly the same. 9 to 10 was mostly the longest the deer made it with ideal situations. I doubt that deer in the wild will live that long because as someone said their teeth will wear out before 10 years and they won't be ablwe to eat. After 7 1/2 years of age the deer start to really go down hill fast. This was done in the mountains of WV here in the East. A study somewhere else in the US may give different results but I doubt that the results will vary greatly.

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from elijahsamuelburnett wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

thank you both for the excellent information i did not know their teeth would wear out but it makes sense that they would and like yall said even under ideal conditions thay might live 12 but theyre not in good shape so in the wild i think its safe to say that 8 years is old for a deer

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from Keith Costley wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

I've read of some deer living 12 to 15 years.

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