Culling Bucks to Improve Antler Genetics: Fact or Fiction?

Culling Bucks to Improve Antler Genetics: Fact or Fiction?

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Many years and deer seasons ago, long before camo was cool, and technology and social media took the hunting community by storm, I can recall watching a hunting show where the hosts were discussing how a hunter could get rid of “inferior antler genetics” on a property. The process, known as “selective culling,” seemed simple. The gist of the theory was that if a buck’s antlers were small with undesirable characteristics, the buck should be selectively targeted and removed from the herd, preventing him from passing his lackluster antler genetics on to future generations.

Frankly, the idea sounded a bit illogical, but then I’ve always been of the mindset that…



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