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#2943892 - 09/14/12 09:17 PM Random question about deer antlers
Southern Sportsman
8 Point

Registered: 09/18/11
Posts: 1129
Loc: West TN

On occasion, a deer antler will have a "bulge" in one of the tines. (see pic below because I don't know how to explain it) I've also seen the same deer with several of these on different tines. What causes this?

See picture here:

#2943906 - 09/14/12 09:30 PM Re: Random question about deer antlers [Re: Southern Sportsman]
Master Chief
10 Point

Registered: 10/11/11
Posts: 3075
Loc: Henderson County

If Im not mistaken it is caused by a parasite that eats into it while in velvet.

Edited by Master Chief (09/14/12 10:15 PM)
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#2943926 - 09/14/12 10:00 PM Re: Random question about deer antlers [Re: Master Chief]
10 Point

Registered: 04/04/11
Posts: 3091
Loc: Lawrence Co. TN

We always call them "acorns" lol
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#2944098 - 09/15/12 08:57 AM Re: Random question about deer antlers [Re: Rockhound]
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Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65979
Loc: Nashville, TN

"Acorns" in vertical tines are usually caused by damage to the growing antler. In essence, the velvet of the vertical tine was cut by a branch or briar. I've seen bucks with every vertical tine on one side with an acorn at the exact same height.
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#2984935 - 10/16/12 07:47 PM Re: Random question about deer antlers [Re: BSK]
4 Point

Registered: 10/23/11
Posts: 102
Loc: ohio

Got a wall hanger with four on one side, all at the same length. Have always wondered how much longer the tines would have been had they not had the bulge.
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