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Guidelines for Rating Deer Range and Condition in N.J.

Each year data is collected by agency biologists at deer check stations. This data is used to determine the quality of deer habitat and the condition of deer populations in the various Deer Management Zones. This information is then used in the allocation of permits and other deer management strategies.

Condition rating

Field dressed weight (lbs.)

Yearling antler beam diameter (mm)

Yearling males

Yearling females

Male fawns

Female fawns

Below standard

Under 80

Under 70

Under 50

Under 45

Less than 15.0


Between 80 and 90

Between 70 and 80

Between 50 and 55

Between 45 and 50

Between 15.0 and 17.0

Above standard

Between 90 and 100

Between 80 and 90

Between 55 and 60

Between 50 and 55

Between 17.0 and 19.0

Substantially above standard

Over 100

Over 90

Over 60

Over 55

Over 19.0

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Last Updated: January 14, 2009