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stubby antlers

Postby reclar » Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:01 am

Hunting this November I took a 8 point buck. On closer examination of the animal I found all the points on the buck to be stubbed off 1 to 2". They were not broken but appeared to be formed that way during velvet as they were all healed over on the ends. Shorten by disease or a condition of the animal? I have seen other hunters game camera pictures of the same condition on different bucks. Does anyone know what the cause is?
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Re: stubby antlers

Postby stevenjackson » Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:34 am

reclar wrote:Hunting this November I took a 8 point buck. On closer examination of the animal I found all the points on the buck to be stubbed off 1 to 2". They were not broken but appeared to be formed that way during velvet as they were all healed over on the ends. Shorten by disease or a condition of the animal? I have seen other hunters game camera pictures of the same condition on different bucks. Does anyone know what the cause is?

weird looking, not sure. could have been just unique rack plus definciency.

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Re: stubby antlers

Postby stevenjackson » Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:36 am

dang, stubby is the right word. Never seen it happen first hand or came across it.

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Re: stubby antlers

Postby Retranger » Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:57 pm

I resized the pic now should be able to see it better ;) ;)
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Re: stubby antlers

Postby Deebz » Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:47 pm

I've heard this referred to as "acorn tips" for antlers before... never seen it in real life or heard of a specific cause... kind of cool for sure
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Re: stubby antlers

Postby roddd » Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:06 am

looks like some rodents spent some time perched atop that rack!

i left some rattling antlers in a tree one time. dang squirrels had nearly gnawed em away!

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Re: stubby antlers

Postby charlie 01 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:43 am

My guess is, he started rubbing off velvet too early and or too rough and consequently rubbed the soft tips off. When in velvet, the points are rubbery and very susceptible to damage. Bucks are usually aware of damaging their antlers while in velvet. I have seen older bucks in late summer that would fight by using their front legs only, like does do. I doubt his antlers were formed like that.
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