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post #1 of 75 (permalink) Old 12-07-2019, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Bucks losing antlers already

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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post #2 of 75 (permalink) Old 12-11-2019, 05:16 PM
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Same happened to be today in 3A McKean county. Shot a big ole doe after seeing nothing but doe. Figured I would fill my last 3A tag. Turns out to be a buck that she’d already.
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I will help them find their antlers come Feb-March.

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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
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Usually hear of someone every couple years killing a buck that has shed. Not that uncommon. Son killed one two years ago on the last day of rifle. Iíve killed 2 in the 50 years Iíve hunted.
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Never seem to see bucks shedding early around here, many bucks are still rutting in this area. Usually start seeing shed bucks in March.

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Here is the “doe”
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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.
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First shed buck I shot was today. Seemed healthy enough otherwise. 2A just a few miles north of WV.
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post #10 of 75 (permalink) Old 12-12-2019, 10:07 AM
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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.
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