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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-05-2018, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Still carrying bone

I went to buy some lottery tickets this morning and drove by a property that has a good herd of deer on it. As I drove buy I saw a herd in the middle of a chopped corn field. I counted 19 but I am sure there more that had not come out of the woods yet. There were two 8 pointers big body and big racks in the middle of the herd, there could have been more bucks that didn't have their heads up.

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-05-2018, 04:30 PM
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I did a camera check today....I still have 5 bucks coming to a shell corn feeder. Two are missing one antler. None of them are big bucks.
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I just read an article in a wildlife management magazine that I just received titled "Easy winter means smaller antlers?"

The gist of the story is that most bucks cast their antlers in January or February and start growing new ones in March to April. So in theory a buck still supporting antlers into March has a shorter growing season.

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There are always some that lose their antlers early, but most around here seem to keep them until late March.
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I just read an article in a wildlife management magazine that I just received titled "Easy winter means smaller antlers?"

The gist of the story is that most bucks cast their antlers in January or February and start growing new ones in March to April. So in theory a buck still supporting antlers into March has a shorter growing season.
That's interesting. Certainly doesn't align with the deer around here. Easy winter's with a good mast crop the previous fall equals larger antlers. The bucks can spend the spring and early summer putting bone on their heads instead of meat back on their bones.
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always a lot of theories ,guest we won't know until they grow new ones
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I almost hit 2 bucks last week running together, wasent sure of rack size though just standing on the edge of field and road.
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Yes, my cameras still say holding on to them as of the 2nd.

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I have heard that some larger bucks lose their antlers in November and December from stress of the rut. Which would explain some larger bucks not being seen in hunting season.
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I have heard that some larger bucks lose their antlers in November and December from stress of the rut. Which would explain some larger bucks not being seen in hunting season.
I saw this first hand a few seasons' back, guy I know shot an enormous doe that turned out to be a buck shot around Dec 6th. Huge body, long snout...We looked for sheds, nothing.
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