I was wondering if anyone had any insight on how a bucks antlers respond following a non fatal injury.
To give some insight on the situation. I purchased a farm in Mercer County Missouri last summer. I hunted the farm last hunting season and seen some younger bucks but passed on everything. I never had the chance to put out any game cameras last year but while doing a controlled burn during the spring I found the shed from what appeared to be a young buck with really good genetics. There were 6 points on the one side found. So this year I put out a few cameras and what do you know I have buck on camera which is undeniably the same deer who once sported the shed I found. However, the same side that once sported the shed is now really weak, slightly deformed, and only has 4 points. I am assuming he was injured last season at some point and his rack suffered from it. In the pictures I have, he now appears to be healthy so I was wondering if all my assumptions are correct could he rebound from it and his rack develop back to its full potential in the comming years provided he makes it through this season. Anyone out there have any insight on this? Here's the picture of the deer. Anyone want to give their take on his age? Sorry for making this so long, just wanted to fill you in on the whole situation.