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Whitetail buck - interesting and strange antler growth

 
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Oct 01, 2014 18:15 |  #1

This buck's antlers grew from an unusual position and angle from the skull. Since this is probably his first set of antlers it's not likely the skull and pedicles were damaged, especially give the symmetry. Likely a genetic or hormone issue I believe.

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Oct 01, 2014 18:24 |  #2

Unusual for sure M50D. I do believe this young feller is doomed to have this type of growth throughout his life. Nice find and photo.:)


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Oct 01, 2014 19:00 |  #3

Thanks KT29, I have seen and photographed more than one buck in the exact same area that had very similar issues. Makes me wonder why.


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Oct 01, 2014 19:50 |  #4

M50D wrote in post #17188816 (external link)
Thanks KT29, I have seen and photographed more than one buck in the exact same area that had very similar issues. Makes me wonder why.

If that is a genetic trait, it is most certainly a seldom seen one.


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Oct 02, 2014 23:08 |  #5

Here's one from a few years ago, it's just on one side.

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Oct 02, 2014 23:11 |  #6

And another.

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Oct 06, 2014 09:49 |  #7

Great capture! The little guy must have taken a good knock to the head in early antler development or while a button buck.




  
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Oct 07, 2014 02:06 |  #8

i bet he doesn't get to play in any whitetail deer games.....


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Oct 10, 2014 08:44 |  #9

Really interesting, & I love the image too :)


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Oct 10, 2014 12:27 |  #10

When I showed the photo to my wife she said something about the "lady" deer probably weren't going to be very accepting of him, lol. Possibly right, as that is commonly thought to be true and probably is usually, but I have learned there's always exceptions to the rules. This picture was taken the day it was posted or maybe the day before and he was still in velvet, but I'm sure antler growth was done for the year. All the normal bucks were out of velvet about 3-5 weeks before. He is a young buck, likely born early in the birthing season of last year.


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Oct 10, 2014 13:34 |  #11

That last photo you posted (in post #6) is awesome . . . I love it! The dark green foliage in the background really shows off the antlers well - what a great shot for documenting the unusual antler growth!


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Oct 10, 2014 13:49 |  #12

Looks like genetic damage. What's in the water around there?




  
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Oct 10, 2014 14:46 |  #13

Wolfeye wrote in post #17205509 (external link)
Looks like genetic damage. What's in the water around there?

A far as I know nothing bad, but I couldn't say for certain there isn't something like that responsible. I believe it's genetic though, as I don't see any reason to believe the pedicles were physically damaged as is in some incidents of abnormalities since this is likely the first set of antlers other than perhaps button last year, and the fact they are symmetrical. When it's all said and done all I can do is guess, though I would like to know with some measure of certainty.


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