The Antler Shedding Process

Antler SheddingIn the past, it was believed that deer withdrew to secluded places to shed their antlers in order to...
Antler SheddingIn the past, it was believed that deer withdrew to secluded places to shed their antlers in order to avoid the loss of virility in “public.” However, it is likely that deer are unaware of when they will lose their antlers. Antlers are shed when a thin layer of tissue destruction, called the abscission layer, forms between the antler and the pedicle. This layer forms as a result of the decrease in testosterone. As the connective tissue is dissolved,...
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Antlers

The Antler CycleAntlers - there is something magical and mystical about deer antlers. Part of their allure is that every...
The Antler CycleAntlers - there is something magical and mystical about deer antlers. Part of their allure is that every antler is different and unique. However, our fascination with deer antlers has its roots deep in our psyche, from our ancestors, who have hunted antlered game since man’s existence. Our ancestors used antlers for tools and in religious ceremonies. Today, we are still captivated by antlers.How antlers grow and why they are shed each year is a source of wonder...
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Herd Management

One on the first and foremost goals of deer management is to restore out-of-whack herds to proper balance. There are...
One on the first and foremost goals of deer management is to restore out-of-whack herds to proper balance. There are several keys to doing this, and today, we’re going to look at some of them.A common ill of unbalanced herds is the lack of older bucks. Biologists would say the herd has a poor buck age structure. We hunters would just call it sorry hunting. Ideally, bucks of all ages should be present in a herd, but that’s seldom the...
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