Antler growth

Jul 29, 2014
Antler growth

The bucks antlers this summer have been unusually slow to grow this has coincided with an unusually dry summer. We were fascinated to notice that the bucks antlers grew significantly with a mass down pour of rain. See the following research on antler growth.

White Tail deer study in Texas - Spring rain and antler growth were highly correlated, meaning bucks grew larger antlers following wet springs and smaller antlers following dry ones. The data collected during the South Texas Buck Project conclusively found that spring rains alone accounted for as much as a 20 inch shift in gross Boone and Crockett scores for mature bucks! These findings really illustrate the importance of precipitation, habitat condition and food availability to any landowner or hunter interested in deer management.  For more information see  Buck Manager.

 

Antler Growth according to Fallow Deer Best Practice Guide:

 

Antler development
Fallow are the only British deer with palmate antlers in mature bucks.
End Apr: Mature, well-conditioned bucks cast antlers.
May – Jun: Yearling bucks (prickets) cast.
Aug: Mature bucks are first to clean velvet from antlers.
End Sept: All bucks, including prickets, should be clean of velvet.


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