- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking successful deer hunters to help collect information about the state’s deer herd by providing a tooth from their deer to biologists.

Hunters who get a deer during Vermont’s Nov. 14-29 rifle season are asked to provide an incisor tooth from their deer when they go to a reporting station.

Biologists will use the teeth evaluate regional differences in ages and antler characteristics of bucks as well as to help estimate population size, health and growth and mortality rates.

Each tooth will be examined to determine the deer’s age.

Deer biologist Nick Fortin says information about the ages of deer is critical and more information allows biologists to make better management decisions.

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