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Antlers shed already!
Posted: 20 December 2011 09:27 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Finally got a good afternoon hunt in this Sunday. Deer sightings had been few and far between in preceeding weeks… However- having seen two large groups of deer “herded up” on Saturday- I made plans to be in the stand the next day. It was as if the clock rolled back 5 yrs and all of a sudden I was seeing deer here, there and everywhere! It was awesome. As I looked to my left a doe was coming up the trail with a large buck behind her. You know the type; stiff legged walk, sway belly, romanesque forehead… Anyway- as they got closer, I noticed that the buck I saw must be a HUGE doe. It had no head gear! Then as it passed at 15 yds I could see two soda can sized holes on it’s head where his rack used to be!!!! It was Dec 18. I have never seen a buck lose it’s horns that early in my neck of the woods. Must be some form of nutrient deficiency. I am hoping it was just a fluke and not a trend as I still have an either sex tag buring a hole in my pocket!!!  Has anyone had sheds on the ground that early before?

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Posted: 20 December 2011 10:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Last year on December 18th my nephew shot a buck scoring in the 160s. Loading it in the truck afterwards, one antler pulled off.

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Posted: 20 December 2011 02:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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That is why u never load a deer by tugging on the antlers!!!  But no Mallard i have never heard of them falling this early….better get out and try finding them…good luck bud

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Posted: 20 December 2011 02:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Yeah it was my non-deer hunting brother that was trying to “help”.

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Posted: 20 December 2011 02:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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sure looks a lot less impressive with one side knocked off.

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Posted: 20 December 2011 03:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Found my largest shed to date on Dec 29th

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Posted: 20 December 2011 04:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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From what i hear the racks falling off have nothing to do with the common misconception of nutrient deficiency/unhealthy bucks, it is all about the testosterone levels of the buck.  The testosterone levels are primarily affected by the presence or lack of does in estrus in the area.  If there are does in the area that were not bred during the first round of estrus, they will go back into estrus later in the year causing the testosterone in the bucks in the area to spike up.  If there are no does in estrus in the area, it will cause low testosterone levels and the chemical reacton that takes place to disolve the bone near the skull will take place sooner.  Either way, who cares the science, i cant wait to get out and find some sheds!!!

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Posted: 21 December 2011 09:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Im with u CChunter, I cant wait too start finding some dropped horns..

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Posted: 21 December 2011 06:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I saw a small buck today with only one antler. This was in Macon Co.

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Posted: 26 December 2011 06:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Found my earliest fresh shed on Dec. 16 5 years ago, but that’s very uncommon.  Hope that buck doesn’t get shot during the late season erradication hunts.

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