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Antlers growing?

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I just saw a buck with antler nubs starting, seemed a pinch early, no? 

It made my morning though 

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I checked my cameras when out turkey hunting on Sunday and i have pics of 2 bucks both with 1" knobs started over a week ago. I'd say it's right on time. 

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Last pull from 2 weeks ago had one with nubs starting.will be first year for me with trail cam out during antler growth.excited to see what i get on cam!

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I've had them on camera with significant antler showing in june ,i would say its a safe bet that some bone is showing now. 

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Last Sunday, I was at the farm checking some fields, and saw two bucks bedded 50 yards away. Both had domes, a couple inches high. And were big bodied deer too. Looks like the deer came through the winter just fine here, as we saw quite a few doe, with last years fawns too. Their winter coat is falling out now, making them look a bit blotchy, and the summer coat is starting to come in.

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I have one on cam.up.about 4in already , many are 1in or so.. 

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Per my historical trail cam sightings, growth begins early May (+/-). Significant  jump in growth during month of May. Biggest reveal tends to be during June thru ~July 4th. JMO, by then the bucks are about 75% of what they'll be in October. Can tell then when there'll be nice ones around come bow season. Clearly different habitat, food sources, genetics, etc effect this growth rate. The rule of thumb for "bone" growth in area I hunt.

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Don't want to derail but I also have fawns reports from my buddy who drives at night, traced back and it would be the first pre-rut in October early.  On LI the weather is usually mild enough for them to survive, often these early starters are the ones who get the biggest when they do make it. 

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48 minutes ago, cynthiafu said:

Saw my first fawn yesterday driving to work . Tiny little fella trying to cross the road with mom

Nice; we have fawns on the ground here, too.

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Finally found it.. heres a pic of one of our very mature shooters from a few years ago for reference.. Not this year but it just shows where a good buck will be on average this time of year..

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I saw a couple like that Saturday......

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I have a bunch of cameras out since last weekend but won't check any of them til probably Sept 1.

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Okay, so they're still pretty much fuzzy nubs by the end of May, but you can definitely see some racks growing at a faster rate than others. These will eventually develop into bigger racks, per my trail cam photos over the years. Disclaimer - Brush buck observations! Probably different scenario where agr crops could possibly help antlers grow at a different rate over different time frames!?!

To each his/her own desires, but I check my cams weekly because I like to follow the buck's development, fawns frolicking, #s inventory and esp travel patterns that develop/change.

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I saw a buck on May 5th turkey hunting. He came across a field to where I was set up and from 100 yds I thought something looked strange. He stopped and looked at me at 20 yds away. About as big around as golf balls and 2 inches high.

 


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