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Antler growth in male roe deer in field hunting grounds in Vojvodina: Effect of age on trophy value

Author(s): Gačić Dragan

Journal: Glasnik Šumarskog Fakulteta
ISSN 0353-4537

Volume: 2006;
Issue: 94;
Start page: 109;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: roe deer (C. capreolus) | antler | age | trophy | Vojvodina

Antler growth in male roe deer (Capreolus capreolus L) was studied on the representative sample consisting of 546 trophies (227 from Bačka and 319 from Banat) hunted in the period 19982005. No significant differences in antler characters and trophy values were noted between Bačka and Banat (except weight of antlers for 5 year old males), and the data for both regions were pooled. Antler growth is a curvilinear function of age. Mean values of length, weight and volume of antlers, and total trophy score varied significantly between the males in different age groups. The study results prove that in Vojvodina field hunting grounds, healthy males attain the culmination in antler growth and trophy value at the age of six years but already after the age of seven years, they show the first sign of old age and decline.
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