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Deer body size, pre rut, vs winter.


Hock3y24
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Pretty cool photos from Nov 2 and Feb 1. Amazing the neck size difference. Photos are about 400 yards apart. Main target for next year and hopefully can find his sheds when its time. Snow picture is 30 yards from where I have a bow stand and shot my PA buck this year just about where he's standing, I also have a stand in the top spot, major rut travel routes. 

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1 hour ago, Doc said:

Maybe I really don't want to know this, but what is it that makes the neck on a rutting buck swell like that? What is it that they are filling up with? Anybody know?

Muscle?

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The muscle mass decreases just as rapidly as it increased before and during the rut due to swings in testosterone production, I would think. 

I'm not a biologist, though - this is just an (un)educated guess.

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On 2/6/2024 at 6:56 AM, escpen said:

The muscle mass decreases just as rapidly as it increased before and during the rut due to swings in testosterone production, I would think. 

I'm not a biologist, though - this is just an (un)educated guess.

Is that even possible?

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