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Aging Elk

Originally published in:
North Dakota Outdoors
(August, 1999)

Official Publication of the
State Game and Fish Department
100 North Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501-5095


Each year Game and Fish biologists run elk checking stations to gather information from hunters about harvested animals. One of the more common questions from hunters is: "How old is my elk?"

If you've ever been lucky enough to hunt elk and brought it into a field check station, a biologist probably aged it for you by looking at its teeth, and told you some basic things about how they did it. But you probably still had questions about how the animal's age was determined, and wondered if you couldn't do it yourself. This guide will help successful hunters estimate an elk's age.

Text by William Jensen
Photos by Craig Bihrle


This resource is based on the following source:

Jensen, William.  1999.  Aging Elk.  North Dakota Outdoors 62(2):16-20.

This resource should be cited as:

Jensen, William.  1999.  Aging Elk.  North Dakota Outdoors 62(2):16-20.  Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.  http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/mammals/agelk/index.htm (Version 02DEC99).


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How to Age An Elk
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