Antler Growth, Part II
A few weeks ago, I posted an item about how rapidly white-tailed deer antlers can grow during the month of June. (As much as 2 inches a DAY!) I got interested in the subject when the trail camera my son gave me for Christmas recorded one buck’s astonishing antler growth over a four-day period. This is documented in the first two photos with this post.
On July 10, the camera got another photo of the same deer. As you can see from the last photo, its antlers have continued to grow. I couldn’t tell from the earlier photos whether he had eight or 10 points. The last photo shows he is an eight-pointer.
Typical of whitetail bucks in my area, and of what appears to be a 2-year-old animal, his rack apparently will be narrow, with slender beams. However, if it has continued to grow in the three weeks since the photo was taken, the tines could have respectable length.
I was hoping he would be a 10-pointer. If I really wanted antlers, I could pass up shots at this buck – assuming he shows himself during the hunting season. My passing up that shot is VERY unlikely, however. Antlers are cool, but I LOVE venison, and at 2 years of age, this fella is still young enough to make great eating. On the other hand, if he shows up in the company of a big, fat doe, he might live to grow another, even bigger set of antlers next year.
I will let you know how that turns out, and I will share any additional photos of this guy as his antlers finish growing and he rubs off the velvet. The process should be complete by late September.