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Posted: 26 January 2012 01:31 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I shot a buck this year 2 1/2 I would say, had one big spike on one side 3 pts on the other and no brow tine, worst racked deer I ever shot but was thinking this deer doesn’t need to breed. Got him home and noticed a big knot on the opposite rear leg at the joint of the spike horn side. Even found a broadhead in the leg when I cut him up and the leg had healed real well. My question is. Does anyone have any idea if an injury like this to a deer, gunshot, arrow, broken leg by a car, anything, would this effect his horn growth for just a year or would this effect it for a lifetime? This deer was not limping, it was walking fine, the meat had even grown back into the broadhead blades so this injury was from last year. Just wandering if someone had noticed an injured deer and then seen it a few years later.

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Posted: 26 January 2012 01:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I have heard stuff like that before with injuries to the body of the deer affecting antler growth and also opposite side like yours.  Never seen one myself, but read about it a few times.

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Posted: 26 January 2012 02:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I think it depends on the trama the deer went through, and how badly it was hurt…I think this is a AWESOME TOPIC….Id like too see what walmsley has too say….....Ive heard the myth also that it always effects the opposite side but not sure if its completetly true…

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Posted: 26 January 2012 04:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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3 yrs ago i had the same thing a buck was trailing a doe and had a really deformed right antler, left antler nice 4 points, so i took him out of the heard and upon further examination his left rear leg at the mid joint had a big knot around it and the left leg was actually almost 1 inch shorter than the right.

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Posted: 26 January 2012 04:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I know of one instance where this happened that I have seen but it was so long ago I forget who shot the deer. This deer was in the timber jumped over a fence and walked into the field behind me, no sign of injury at all. Could tell he was a buck by his body and frame before I could see the little rack, the spike was about 13 inches though. He fed for a minute walked back to the timber and I said to heck with it. I’me culling this deer from the herd, or that’s the excuse I am using. When I skinned it I didn’t see anything different except the big softball sized knot on the back leg I had noticed when I gutted it. It was just above the joint on the back leg. I was cutting the deer up 4-5 days later, did one back leg and then started on the one that had the knot, I was boning out the whole back leg when I turned it a certain way and seen something shine. I started to cut it out and low and behold a broadhead, looked brand new but one of them cheap ones. My buddy laughed and said probably has a $1000 bow and shooting 3 for $15 broadheads. The wound had healed good, the meat around the broadhead wasn’t even dark. And all I can say 100% is that the wound was omnt the opposite side of the spike.

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Posted: 26 January 2012 07:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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If a deer is injured one year, which affects its growth the following, could it possibly come back fine in year three? Had a nice size buck on my trail cam last year with a decent rack, very tall but not a large spread, and one side very unique, ok, we can call it deformed. This year possibly, very possibly, I thought I saw the same buck. He had a very similar rack but where it was irregular last year now was very typical. Could it have been the same deer or no chance?

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Posted: 26 January 2012 10:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Id go too say it could be the same deer without a doubt…..

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Posted: 27 January 2012 10:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Not sure if the deformation repeats itself, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t.  It doesn’t happen every time, but an injury can certainly deform an antler on the opposite side.  Many years ago I hit a real good buck with my truck…check that…damn thing attacked my truck…seriously.  I didn’t kill him, but I did almost get a 35 yard shot at him about a week later.  The folowing year, same stand, same 35 yard spot, I saw him again with a deformed rack on his right side and tons of missing hair and scarring on his left side where I tagged him.  Never got that buck.  I always figured he owed me a wide open 15 yard shot after doing $3000 damage to my truck.  Funny thing was that the first time I had a crack at him a week after I hit him, he actually had blue paint on his horns.  Deer 1:John 0.

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Posted: 27 January 2012 12:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I’ve seen injuries effect opposite side antlers many times-Killed a few-Broken back leg joints that have healed, warping opposite side antlers- Missing back legs doing the same thing- When I’ve got to watch those bucks for years, they pretty much always stayed messed up. Not that some might come out of it, but what I’ve seen, they don’t. And then there’s bucks with severe trauma rear end injuries that DON’T effect antler growth! Why some and now all ????  Can’t explain that!

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Posted: 27 January 2012 01:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Wamsley-Did the ones you know of ever get any kind of mass or size? The few I know of were all small racks. Kind of makes me want to talk to someone that has worked at a meat packing plant for a while that process deer and what they have seen. Does a buck like this still keep on breeding or not? Probably depends. If the horn growth is altered years after and he can still breed what happens? Whatever affects him will it be passed on?

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Posted: 27 January 2012 01:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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yes- they did get bigger as they got older, but they stayed deformed-Since it’s an injury, it’s not genetic, so I don’t see how it could be passed on- My 3 legged buck with a deformed rack on one side, would chase Does like the wind-He bread them-“Had a hard time staying on top” HeeHee—One 4 year old I killed with a deformed side due to a broken ankle, was chasing Does when I shot him.

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Posted: 27 January 2012 02:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I know it would’t be genetic, just wandering if something would be missing in the blood after recovering from the wound. Need to give the buck with the missing leg a five gallon bucket to lean on. I had a dog that was missing a back leg, I taught him to carry a coffee can around to prop his leg up on to keep from sliding off.  rolleyes

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Posted: 27 January 2012 04:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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NOW THAT IS FRICKEN FUNNY!!  I’m trying to picture that dog!

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