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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 12-05-2018, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Dropping horns

We killed 2 "doe" today that dropped both sides of there horns. Took them to the butcher and looked around at the deer on the floor waiting to get cut up and i spotted 3 others the same way. Anybody else see anything like this already? Im in 3C Susquehanna county.
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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 12-05-2018, 07:26 PM
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They have been ones all around,alot fell of when shot, look at the PA Deer hunter on facebook.

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I have trail cam pics from 1A where one buck dropped both sides already, and another buck one side. I believe both deer are 1 1/2 year olds.
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post #4 of 56 (permalink) Old 12-05-2018, 08:30 PM
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I shot a ten in warren county last week. After field dressing one of the antlers pulled off. My Dad shot a nice buck in the same hollow Thursday and both antlers came off prior to recovery. I thought that may have been a localized occurrence, but perhaps I underestimated this issue. Both of these deer were big heavy racked bucks. No sign of health issues.

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post #5 of 56 (permalink) Old 12-05-2018, 08:44 PM
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That only means one thing ! The rut was early this year and the does were all bred ! They only drop there antlers when there testosterone levels drop to a certain level and the buck get worn down from the rut ! At least that's what I have read and been told !
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post #6 of 56 (permalink) Old 12-05-2018, 08:44 PM
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My daughter's Tioga County 10 point lost one side while we were taking pictures and the other side when we moved it to dress it out. After we unloaded it at the butcher, the next guy in had one that did the same thing. Seems like more of this than usual this year.

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post #7 of 56 (permalink) Old 12-05-2018, 09:09 PM
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Shot a “doe” a couple of years ago in 3D. When tagging it, I saw the top of its head and found that it was a buck that had dropped its antlers. This was on the first Saturday I believe.

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I have what was a nice 8 here on my property in 5C that lost one side a few days before rifle started. Saw him tonite and he still has the other antler
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Cousin shot a doe last Saturday that when we got to it both sides dropped. Average sized deer maybe a spike or four point prior to dropping antlers. I think this winter is going to be cold and deep snow and they are dropping early to conserve fat. Just my thought.
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This thread serves as a perfect example as to why you should identify your target before taking the shot.
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