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Antler Growth

I am in the southeastern Pa. area and wonder if the bucks I have on camera are at there most antler potential or what you guys think ...or if they grow any more from here on out. Some would be nice if they get a little bigger. Bet the velvet makes them look a little bigger to. What do you think?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-14-2012, 07:36 PM
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Re: Antler Growth

I don't know for sure but I would think they will still grow a little until the end of the month.

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Re: Antler Growth

Depending on age and nutrition, during peak antler growth periods antlers can grow 1/2" to an inch per day. Peak development is from June thru August.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-14-2012, 07:45 PM
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Re: Antler Growth

Ram, if they are bulged out at the tips, they are still growing. When they start looking like point tips, they are done. Z7 is right with 1/2 inch per day.

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Re: Antler Growth

I have heard that story for a long time that they grow an inch or one half inch a day and I think thats a bunch of bull.If a tine grew a half inch a day in 30 days it would be 15 inches long.
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Re: Antler Growth

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If a deer has met all nutritional requirements, especially with crude proteins, it can grow that much in a day. Remember; its "peak" antler growth, and we are talking beam and other circumference diameters in addition to main beam and tine length.

This is especially true for bucks whose bodies are fully developed beyond 4 years of age. Prior to that point their bones aren't fully developed; so they "borrow" calcium from their bones for antler growth. Its a self imposed osteoporosis that they recover from well, and scientists are learning from.

I'll see if I can find an easy to read paper on it.

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http://www.nyantler-outdoors.com/dee...er-growth.html

That one is pretty good.

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Re: Antler Growth

Thanks for the comments I will look forward to some more development on then antlers I hope.
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Re: Antler Growth

GalThatFishes,
Great article .... Alot of people really dont pay attention to what really determines the growth of big racked bucks. As I get older I feel good about let em go let em gro. I have seen the results from the last four years. It is starting to look like it might pay off. But you cant always controll everything. but it feels good to let em grow.
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