Deebz wrote:Jumping in late here, but what about simple genetics?? There are genes that control all of the processes that go on in an animal's body. For an antler to change from being solid bone locked into the skull plate to being a separate deal there have to be numerous chemical reactions that happen. It's our genetic code that decides just how efficiently these processes all work. Stressors and nutrition and such surely play a large role, but genetics has to be a part of it as well. Some deer are probably programmed to drop earlier than others...
Rutnut's experience strengthens this argument as well... 2 different bucks from the same area with dropped antlers early on... chances are good they share genetics.
You know, I never thought of it like that before. Makes sense to me. I did, after all, shoot those deer in the same patch of woods. They can be related for sure..
Sad side note, that patch of woods is now about ten houses... one of them is 7500 SQ FT. My childhood woods are gone!!