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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-12-2011, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Buck With A REALLY Weird Rack

Let me start off by swearing to God these pics are NOT Photoshopped.

I was out turkey hunting this morning, and saw this buck with the strangest rack I've ever seen. I am pretty sure it is still in velvet, and I am also pretty sure this is the same buck my buddy and I saw after hunting season last year when we were walking our dogs around the same area. My Jack Russell chased the buck out of a thicket, and it ran right between my buddy and me, so we both got a really great look at it. It was also in velvet then, very wide but the rack was a lot thinner and it had a dozen or so 1" tines. It is super thick this year with only a couple of tines on each antler.

I was happy he stayed around long enough this morning for me to snap a few pics of him.

Any idea what the heck could cause this rack to be in velvet two years in a row? And is it possible he dropped his velvet antlers and grew a new set this year?

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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-12-2011, 10:46 PM
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Re: Buck With A REALLY Weird Rack

That"s neat would love to hang him on the wall.
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post #3 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-12-2011, 10:50 PM
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Thats a weird looking rack.

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post #4 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-12-2011, 10:53 PM
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Re: Buck With A REALLY Weird Rack

Cool pic
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post #5 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-12-2011, 11:02 PM
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Re: Buck With A REALLY Weird Rack

Often, what causes this is an injury to the testicles. If he suffered an unfortunate (and very painful!) amputation of his testicles due to accidental injury, his body will not produce sufficient amounts of testosterone to complete the shedding of the velvet, although he will continue to grow antlers. The odd shape of the rack may also be attributed to injury. Sometimes, in the rare occurences that does with hormonal imbalances or hermaphrodite deer grow antlers, they also are unable to shed the velvet. It's likely that this buck was also sterile. The six point I shot earlier this week had a large, open slice down his scrotum, his testes were exposed but apparently unharmed, and it appeared that the wound had occured several day to a week prior. It wasn't bleeding, and showed signs of healing. I suspect he may have misjudged the clearance of a barbed wire fence, or it's possible that another buck attempted to ram him from behind in combat and did the damage with an antler tine, but who knows? If the wound had been more serious and caused permanent damage to the testes, he may very well have stayed in velvet in the future like the buck you saw. Neat pics!
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Wow..That rack is crazy, cool, and odd!
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My first thought was that it is a doe that is growing antlers. Could also be an injured buck as blitzinstripes said also,and looking at the first 2 pics something is obviously missing.

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post #8 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 01:30 AM
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Re: Buck With A REALLY Weird Rack

That's a lot of mass, but that's about all it is! Thanks for posting.

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looks like there is almost a nipple between the legs like on a a cow, very crazy. please let us know if anyone gets him or her in the season
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post #10 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 03:43 AM
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Poor guy doesn't fit in with his buddies! I wouldn't think twice about burning my buck tag on that thing. One in a million (or more) deer right there.
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