Once a Spike, Always a Spike: Deer Hunting’s Big Myth

Once a Spike, Always a Spike: Deer Hunting’s Big Myth

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White-tailed deer tend to grow antlers that are fairly well-balanced. That is, one side looks pretty much like the other. Keep in mind, however, that no two antlers are ever exactly alike, although their similarities from side to side, or even from one buck to the next, are sometimes striking.

Nevertheless, deer antlers are exceedingly complicated structures and may take many forms — sometimes bizarre in nature.

Scientists generally agree that side-to-side irregularities in antler form might result from hormone imbalances, gonadal damage, poor nutrition, skeletal injuries, or damage to the pedicle or growing antler.

Genetic effects more likely affect both…



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