Bucks Dropping Antlers


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Bucks Dropping Antlers

Late winter brings a dramatic change to White Tail bucks. Beginning in late December, bucks lose that year’s antler growth–usually dropping them one at a time in different locations. Occasionally, the larger bucks drop both antlers together. One will fall, and they will shake their heads to loosen and release the other. This can sometimes result in bleeding, as shown on this buck. Then, in early spring, new velvet-covered antlers grow from emerging pedicles to replace the old. Antlers are the fastest growing of all animal bones, requiring good nourishment and minerals. As the buck matures, the new antlers will be larger and heavier than the previous year’s growth. The end result? Beauty, Brawn, Buck.

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