Surprised not to see this thread started yet. My cousin last week shot what he thought was a hog of a DMAP doe only to see it was a buck that lost its antlers already. This was in Tuscarora state forest.
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Nephew shot a nice 6 in Warren last Monday. When he walk up to it, One side was off, Laying about a foot from the deer. After tagging he grab the other side to start his drag, It came off in his hand. I never seen this before during rifle season
There are many factors but injuries and poor nutrition are usually the top reasons for early shedding. Usually the result of overpopulation and stressed out bucks being in poor shape this time or year.
Yeah definitely not a good sign if their shedding this early. That means they are unhealthy, stressed out, or injured.
On the property I hunt they carry their antlers into March and April.
Not wanting to start anything bad with this comment but deer drives in rifle and even bear drives have a huge factor in putting a lot of stress on the deer. This is a big reason why we haven't put on any drives in about 10 years. Overall healthier deer herd because of it.