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Anyone hear of racks dropping?

A colleague at work took last week off and he and his brother hunted hard, birds and deer.

Said he saw a very large-bodied buck on Saturday, sans antlers, hounding a doe. Had it inside of 30 yards twice, and verified it.

This guy is experienced, long-time deer and turkey fanatic, and not one that talks the windy tales. He's killed enough deer, some elk, longbeards, and has no reason to fib. Known him a long time, not one to spew nonsense and has no motive for doing so to our little group of hunters who share stories.

I've heard stories of bucks being shot in gun season and guys grabbing antlers to drag them and they come off. But not this early.

I personally saw a small buck with antlers on Apr 14 one year, it had been wounded in gun season (way front in the brisket), neighbor saw it same day or I would have been worried that Mrs. DFA had reached the end and was doping the coffee! A shed on Nov 12th? Pretty wild.

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Re: Anyone hear of racks dropping?

Always worried about dragging by the antlers for fear they might break off, but curious if anyone ever had that happen as well.

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Re: Anyone hear of racks dropping?

I once saw a buck sans antlers chasing a doe past me during fall turkey. It's rare though.
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Re: Anyone hear of racks dropping?

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Always worried about dragging by the antlers for fear they might break off, but curious if anyone ever had that happen as well.
Back in the mid 90's a friend of mine shot a large nine point on the first day of rifle that I had missed during archery. When he went to drag it the one antler popped right off.
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Re: Anyone hear of racks dropping?

If there is some injury that would cause test. levels to drop off that may result in antlers dropping, but if the deer was doggin' a doe, the tank was still full. I shot a buck in rifle on year in full velvet, but the buck castrated itself on what I think was barbed wire fence. The antlers never went to hard bone, and was very ususal. Check and ask if there are a lot of wire fences around where he hunts. . . that may lead to the answer.

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Re: Anyone hear of racks dropping?

Shot a half rack opening day of rifle and that half broke off when he hit the ground...walked up to him without antlers and did a double take until I found rack
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Re: Anyone hear of racks dropping?

Seen a guy in gun season a few years back dragging out a a half rack. Stopped and talked to him and he pulled the other side out of his vest, it was nice big 8. Said it fell off after he shot. It came off at the base, wasn't broke off.
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Re: Anyone hear of racks dropping?

Cousin passed up a buck a few years ago in the three day doe season lost it's antlers
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Re: Anyone hear of racks dropping?

I know of 3 instances, one was back in the early 70's my uncle killed, a buck that shed his antlers on the 1st day of doe season. A few years latter he spotted an antlerless buck during the fisrt week of buck season it came by him with 2 doe an a spike buck that had a deformed rack one spike actually went down. The 3rd instance was back in 97 when one of my buddys killed antlerless buck, on the first day of doe.
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Re: Anyone hear of racks dropping?

Certainly not out of the question but likely this buck was injured or something.

It is very common for bucks up here in the NW corner to start losing the antlers by Christmas and even late in rifle season. Quite a few flinter hunters have taken shed bucks over the years.

I may get flamed by a few here but I'm going to say this anyway. One of the reasons for bucks shedding antlers early is poor nutrition and being run ragged by the rut. This is because of poor habitat from overbrowsing and a very unbalanced buck/doe ratio. Not trying to start another debate here, just wanted to throw that out there.
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