When you check in your deer or online, you miss out on getting your prize weighed and its age calculated by a TWRA official. Not to worry. Here is how you can get a good estimate of both at the Pennsylvania Game Commission website www.pgc.state.pa.us..
Since deer are born around April or May, their age during hunting season is usually six months (a fawn), 1.5 years (a yearling), 2.5 years (adult), etc. The PGC website has a seven-minute video that explains how to age a deer by inspecting the teeth, especially the significance of five molars per side, six molars, slight wear, and heavy wear.
Also, the PGC website has a way to estimate a harvested deer’s live weight without weighing it. A measuring tape and the posted chart is all that is needed. Measure the girth of the chest just behind the front legs. The chart tells you the deer’s live weight, the field-dressed weight and the edible boneless meat. As an example, a deer’s chest measuring 35 inches would indicate 126 pounds live weight, 99 pounds dressed, and 57 pounds of boned venison.
Go to www.pgc.state.pa.us, find the Deer Hunting section, and select Deer Aging or Deer Weight Chart. For a special measuring tape that has all the chart information printed on it (It costs only 94 cents), go to the Outdoor Shop, then Merchandise, then Miscellaneous Items to order.