Hey Lucke, What's your interest in that article? Did you run across something that your trying to analize?
I have sheds from several different bucks from one year to the next that took a large jump in antler size, but from all I can tell it was in their forth year, not from an early drop. One in particular in 2005, left side is 67 1/8 and right is 67 2/8. In 2006 left side is 88 1/8, and right is 82 6/8. Of all the sheds I have found that I can see from one year to the next that a big jump in antler size acured, seemed to be a natural jump in their 4th year.
I don't see an early drop causing a larger antler growth other than normal larger growth from year to year.
Bucks are as individual as we are. They act different, some are fighters some are not. Some are bigger some are not. Some get larger antlers, while some stay the same. I had sheds from a small 8pt, in all of 4yrs. he stayed pretty much the same, even the 5th year when I found him dead, same antler size.
The thing I'd like to get an answer on is the fact that this passed year a larger than normal amount of bucks carried their last antler for most, as much as a week before loosing it. Have never seen it like this in all my years of shed hunting, especially big bucks. Usually when one falls they are so uncomfortable with the weight of the antler on one side they normally will knock it off. Those you can tell, there will be some sort of burr left on the base or pedisel. I have one big buck of 3yrs. that would travel around until the last one would fall off natureally. He was not a fighter either, never had so mush as a chip on any of his sheds.
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