This is What Causes Small Antlers in Bucks

This is What Causes Small Antlers in Bucks

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Small antlers in bucks is something that’s hotly debated by deer hunters. Some hunters believe it is purely related to nutrition, while others believe it is purely related to minerals (or lack thereof) in local soils. Both can have factors on antler development, but a larger role is attributed to something not as tangible. 

Deer managers can expect to see fewer than 25 percent spikes among yearlings in areas with well-fed, well-managed whitetails herds (Browning Trail Camera photo by Dan Schmidt)

Social stress is a huge factor in why young bucks don’t manifest larger antler configurations. This has been not only documented on the pages of Deer & Deer Hunting over the…



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