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Aging A Doe on the Hoof

To age a whitetail doe on the hoof, there are a few key physical characteristics you can look for. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Fawns (up to one year old) will have spots on their coat and will be smaller in size compared to adult does.
  • Yearlings (one to two years old) will have lost their spots and will have a more mottled or dappled coat. They will also be larger than fawns but still smaller than adult does.
  • Adult does (two years and older) will be larger in size and will have a more solid-colored coat.

However, it's important to keep in mind that these are general guidelines and that individual deer may vary. Take a look at our Sigma Outdoors Aging Deer on the Hoof poster for more insights.