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Bucks shedding antlers already?

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Anybody else seeing any evidence of bucks dropping their antlers already?

Just got this pic this morning.....he had the other half a day ago...now it's gone!7417b716978d95240baebaeea10338d1.jpg

 

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I am no expert,but i would think he lost it in a fight. Seems too early for them to just drop. Maybe a combination of the antler getting closer to dropping and a tussle?

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Usually bucks that shed early have been injured in some way, either from fighting or getting hit with a bullet or arrow.

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Shedding can happen at any time of the season. I once shot a “doe” on opening day of shotgun that turned out to be a buck that had recently shed. Still fresh stumps. I know he had recently shed because in following the blood trail on hands and knees thru a scrub swamp I found both antlers within ten yards of each other. They fit perfectly into the shed scars on the deer I killed. 
Lots of variables involved in when a buck sheds antlers, kind of like us losing hair!

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I had a mature buck few years back drop both his antlers on the last weekend of gun, later to find out when i shot him two years later that he had an injured front hoof. Usually if they drop this early and not from a break its mostly likely contributed to  an injury or poor health.

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This cell cam is located in a bedding area off a bean field on a south facing slope so I get pics of this guy every few days. Doesn't seem to have a visible injury....and had all the headgear 3 nights ago. He is a decent 1.5 yr old.....so with this Intel he now gets a pass the remainder of the season

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I think I’ve posted these before... he was limping pretty bad in both videos, I assumed he was hit by a car. 4905e5f06001268200865f504639f16b.jpg 787eeda6d49c544ff874e801ef14d14e.jpg


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3 hours ago, 46rkl said:

Shedding can happen at any time of the season. I once shot a “doe” on opening day of shotgun that turned out to be a buck that had recently shed. Still fresh stumps. I know he had recently shed because in following the blood trail on hands and knees thru a scrub swamp I found both antlers within ten yards of each other. They fit perfectly into the shed scars on the deer I killed. 
Lots of variables involved in when a buck sheds antlers, kind of like us losing hair!

I just gotta say that's a pretty cool experience and one for the memory book.  

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Last year they seemed to drop really early as well. I blame Trump


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Buddy just shot what he believed was a doe only to discover it was a buck that had dropped both of his antlers. By the look of the bases, it must have happened a while ago. 

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Yep got one today had dropped this week sometime pericles almost healed over


I've hunted almost everyday of my life.. the rest have been wasted!

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I had a six year old living behind my house never shot him his rack wasn’t anything great wanted to see if it got bigger every year someone finally got him but he rutted so hard he shed second week in December every year and looked like an old dairy cow all run down 

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I shot a 4pt on Opening Day- middle on Novenber-15 years ago or so. It ran about 75 yards after the shot into briars. When I found the deer it was 2pt. It lost the other side somewhere in the brush- nothing heavy in there like a tree to bump it on.

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