Questions about the March issue of Charles Alsheimer's " After The Shed Drops". His statement ( the insert on page 56) states that a buck's pedicles become shorter as he becomes older has me perplexed. With some 30 years of shed hunting, I can't imagine, exactly what that means or what he is trying to say. I was in hopes he could please exlpain this statement.
As far as bucks dropping both antlers at the same time, I find that quite often in my area in Illinois. Most are found within feet of each other. There are times though when the second to go is physically knocked off by either a hind leg, a tree, or a bush. Some I found jamed into the thick bases of a bush and in most cases within sight of the first matching antler. You can usually tell which antler fell off naturally and which one was knocked off. The antler pedicle of the natural drop will be smooth and burr free where as the forced off antler pedicle will have some sort of burr from stll being attached. Then again, some carry that last antler for a lengthly time, to the point of being over a mile away from the first dropped matching antler.
I have to wonder if someone thinks we are to buy the fact that the cast antler pictured on page 52 is from the deer pictured. Not so.
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