Whitetail Deer Antlers

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

Heath Kersten of Denmark, Wis., with his giant buck that came from the "family blind."

Green Bay Brute Buck Tops 206 Inches

Heath Kersten of Denmark, Wis., just thought it was a nice buck. He had no idea the brute carried more than 200 inches of dream-conjuring bone. He would soon learn that the long-legged monster embodied the very essence of his deer-hunting dreams.

Arthur Zerbe of Pennsylvania with his 208-inch buck he killed during the 2016 bow season.

Pennsylvania Buck Grosses Astounding 208 Inches

Pennsylvania ranks high in hunter enthusiasm, with more than 750,000 deer hunters in the woods during firearms season alone. Arthur Zerbe, a 68-year-old native of the Keystone State, is one of those fanatic deer hunters, but for the past 50 years he has mostly slipped into the woods near his Lancaster County home armed...

Ron and Caleb Morris with the 180-class Illinois buck they found after Caleb ran it over while snowmobiling. The buck was dead and buried in the snow when Caleb hit it. (photos courtesy of the Morris family)

Snowmobiler Lays Claim to 180″ Illinois Buck

  When Caleb Morris, of Amboy, Ill., was launched from his snowmobile on Nov. 20, 2016, after hitting a hard object buried under the 10 inches of recently fallen snow, it was safe to say he was thrown for a loop. Thankfully, Caleb and his snowmobile were no worse for the wear. When he returned home,...

Now is the time in most states to look for and find shed antlers, which is a great way to get an idea of where bucks are hanging out so you can plan for next season. (Photo: Darrell Nieschwitz)

3 Reasons You’re Not Finding Shed Antlers

In recent years, shed hunting has become the biggest pre-turkey season springtime fad for hunters. The “white gold” of a buck’s shed antlers has become something to keep our desire to hunt at bay while nothing is in season. But what if you’re not finding any bone? You see all your friends flooding Instagram with...

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.

B&C Confirms Largest Hunter-Killed Nontypical Whitetail

The Boone and Crockett Club has reviewed and accepted the scoring of the nontypical record book buck killed in November 2016 by Stephen Tucker in Tennessee. Tucker shot a 47-point buck that scored 312+ on the third day of Tennnessee’s 2016 muzzleloader season. He was hunting from a ground blind on private land that...

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...

Coyotes have had a serious impact on populations in the Southeast in the last decade, including in North Carolina, which is where this monster spike shot by Dennie Bowman in 2013 came from.

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...