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How to Remove/Submit Bear Teeth for Aging

Hunters in Virginia are required by law to submit premolar teeth from any bear they harvest. The teeth will be used to determine the bear’s age, which helps DGIF better monitor and manage bear populations.

If you check your bear at a check station, the attendant will extract a premolar tooth and submit it with your check card.

If you check your bear by phone, internet, or mobile app, you will need to remove and submit the teeth yourself. (It’s easier than it sounds!)

Please see below for a one-page instruction sheet and a video, produced by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, that explains how to remove and submit the appropriate teeth (two premolars).