Are young half racked bucks common?

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4khorn
 
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Are young half racked bucks common?

Postby 4khorn » Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:44 am

I was out hanging a stand a couple weeks ago and saw a year and a half old buck with half a rack. I have never seen a half rack buck this early in the year. My thoughts were that he may have been born late in the spring and thus is a little behind the other deer born that season. Do you think this is a one year thing?

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RE: Are young half racked bucks common?

Postby Bluegrass Archer » Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:20 am

Thats a good question. I've only seen one that i can remember and he was a 1.5year old too.

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RE: Are young half racked bucks common?

Postby hunt4fun » Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:03 pm

He could have dammaged the one side while in velvet, causing it to fall off.  Also if he has a dammaged pedicle, that side will not grow right, if at all.  Lastly, bucks start sparring when their antlers harden.  Young bucks, who don't quite know their place yet may get a little more aggressive with each other, so he may have already knocked it off fighting.

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RE: Are young half racked bucks common?

Postby Whitetailaddict » Sat Sep 26, 2009 9:41 am

He probably hurt it while in velvet so the antler became black and may have fallen off while he was shedding the velvet. he probably isn't a "uni" buck because they are really rare.

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RE: Are young half racked bucks common?

Postby extrmhntr » Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:45 pm

Another thing is the genetic pace of the buck. I have one buck that keeps throwing off half-racks but they start as spikes. Next year they have a half-rack 4 but the next year that buck either puts out a big 6 or a big 8. The 6's are usually outside the ears and the 8's are nice young 125 class bucks. but i agree, if its something that you haven't seen in the area often i would suggest break-offs or injury to the horn or the deer during initial antler growth.

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RE: Are young half racked bucks common?

Postby motorbreaker » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:21 pm

These two bucks had both antlers a week ago. Got there butt kicked.

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RE: Are young half racked bucks common?

Postby extrmhntr » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:02 pm

By the brute thats in your avatar pic??


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