AGE OF A HART, is ascertained from the furniture of his head. At a year old bunches only appear; at two years old the horns are developed, but straighter and smaller; at three they grow into two spars or antlers; at four into three, and so increase annually in branches, until the animal is six years old, after which its age must be guessed from the size of the antlers, and the thickness of the branch which sustains them.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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