I think most of us will agree that if a buck gets hurt that it will somehow affect his rack growth the following year.
One of my friends that farms and I hunt his property threw this at me one Friday night while consuming adult beverages not to long ago. He said he had heard it for years and I had never heard of it before. He stated that if a buck breaks of a horn or damages his rack some how (no physical damage to the body) that it will affect its growth, the rack, every year after that. I asked if this was while the rack was growing and still in velvet and he said no at anytime.
I don’t see how this would, but what are others thought on this. Good question for the trail cam users that follow certain deer for several years and may have noticed this!