Friday, November 18, 2011

Kathy Beachy State Park Ranger

Sleeper State (MI) Park Ranger Kathy Beachy checks the age of the buck shot on Tuesday Nov. 15,
Beachy said 32 deer filtered their way through the check station on Tuesday, the opening day of regular firearm season, and about a dozen on Wednesday morning. She said checking heads at the station is voluntary for hunters. Most of the time, Beachy said, the age of the deer is recorded and a collectible patch is given out. The agents check a deer’s age by slicing open a side of the animal’s cheek, necessary after rigor mortis. They search for any telltale teeth — like tricuspids, which set in after a year and a half — and teeth wear. Click for article by Michael Mayday Bay City Times Thursday, November 17, 2011.