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!