Whitetail Deer Antlers

Read articles about whitetail deer antlers and shed hunting from Deer & Deer Hunting.

Stephen Tucker of Gallatin, Tenn., dropped this potential world record nontypical buck with his muzzleloader. It green scored just over 308 inches and is undergoing the mandatory 60-day drying period for official Boone & Crockett Club scoring.

Possible World Record Non-Typical Buck is a Stunner!

Non-typical deer are unique, without question, and it’s a mystery why their antlers grow to be so strangely different from the more common symmetrical bucks we see. Sometimes it’s because of an injury, some may be genetically different, or it could just be a superbuck with age, food and enough wariness to stay out of...

Gary Barenz of Wisconsin with his stunning gagger whitetail, which measured more than 214 inches and had a double droptine. Wow!

Stunning Double-Droptine Giant Scores 214 Inches

Gary Barenz, a longtime and close friend of the D&DH team, had an encounter with the buck of a lifetime on Oct. 25 and, without a doubt, made the most of it. Barenz was hunting in Waukesha County, Wis., with his crossbow when this stupendous buck stepped within range. Just watching it would certainly...

Antler pedicles are unique and can be matched with other shed antlers from the same deer.

Deer Antler Pedicles Are Unique, Like Fingerprints

Growth of antlers in white-tailed deer, along with elk and moose, is one of the most remarkable things in nature. Consider that from the time a deer’s antlers are shed in late winter, within just a couple of months they’re growing again. Hormonal changes spur the entire process, peaking in late summer when the...

Dennie Bowman of North Carolina with his giant spike buck killed in late 2013.

Have You Seen This Freakishly Gigantic Spike Buck?

Most deer hunters consider a nontypical buck to be one with a regular rack and drop tines, kicker points, weird tines or anything else abnormal that would make you do a double-take. What about a gigantic buck with foot-long spikes? Yep, that probably would qualify as a nontypical? It darn sure is freaky! Dennie Bowman...

Reece Hankins with his 180-inch Mississippi buck

Giant 180-Inch Buck Gives Lucky Hunter a Second Chance

For most deer hunters, 100 yards with a firearm is a chip shot so it’s understandable that Reese Hankins was upset and disappointed about missing a big buck at that range. Hankins is a hunting guide at Hickory Hills Hunting Preserve in Mississippi. He was hunting Dec. 27 when a giant buck stepped within...