Factors that Determine When Bucks Peel Velvet

Factors that Determine When Bucks Peel Velvet

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What causes bucks to shed / peel their velvet? Do older bucks normally peel before younger bucks? What factors cause bucks to shed their velvet early or later than normal?

A freshly peeled buck is a sight to behold. (DDH file photo)

The whitetail velvet shedding process is one that has fascinated deer hunters for centuries and it seems that more and more hunters are observing changes in buck behavior on their properties.

Case in point: My Instagram buddy Derrick poses these insightful questions this morning. Derrick writes:

“My friend has noticed this year that the mature bucks on his hunting property seem to have shed their velvet earlier than the younger bucks. Does the…



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