Bigger antlers this fall?

by Apr 10, 2012Uncategorized

Bigger antlers this fall?

I came across this cool Q&A on Mike Hanback’s website, that talks about bucks holding onto their antlers longer in the winter and what that means for the next season. Hopefully, with the mild, (MILD, no-snow, 80-degrees-in-March) winter we just ended, the deer herd had a nice, relaxing season and can get bigger and grow better antlers for this fall. But, who knows what this summer could be like…

Thoughts? Do you agree with Mike?

2 Comments

  1. Of course the changing of the seasons is a contributing factor it is not the only factor. It is also the changing levels of testosterone in a buck. Some will loose there antlers early in the season while some will hold onto them.

  2. Its an interesting subject, I think. My brother in law is a biologist with the State and along with Dad, discussed this on Easter. Like what would happen if you put a herd of deer into a climate controlled barn for a year+. Would they go into the rut at the same time? would they drop their antlers at the same time etc.

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