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#3091375 - 12/22/12 02:16 PM Bucks starting to shed antlers?
Florida Cracker 971
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Any reports of bucks shedding their antlers in Williamson or Hickman counties yet?
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#3091398 - 12/22/12 02:51 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: Florida Cracker 971]
Da_Claw29
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Yes they are dropping like crazy, better get in the woods and start looking
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#3091409 - 12/22/12 03:02 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: Da_Claw29]
Beardendy88
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No way
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#3091436 - 12/22/12 03:32 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: Beardendy88]
catman529
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Haven't seen a buck in either county in over a week so I can't say. Hope they aren't dropping this eary
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#3091459 - 12/22/12 03:49 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: catman529]
HerdThinner 2012
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Every buck I have seen... About 10 in the last week...( all small ) have had their antlers. Can't tell you about big boys. Apparently, I am not allowed to see any of them. Hunting Henderson and Humphreys counties.
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#3091464 - 12/22/12 03:50 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: HerdThinner 2012]
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would be unusual for this time of year
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#3091483 - 12/22/12 04:08 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: Da_Claw29]
geezer
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 Originally Posted By: Da_Claw29
Yes they are dropping like crazy, better get in the woods and start looking

smarta$$..... He just asked a simple question. Come on man!

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#3091494 - 12/22/12 04:25 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: geezer]
stik
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http://www.tndeer.com/tndeertalk/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=3090222&page=1&gonew=1#UNREAD
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#3091499 - 12/22/12 04:35 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: stik]
infoman jr.
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Very unusual indeed. I just picked this card up today. This is the big buck I've been after all year. Looks like he injured himself. Hopefully he makes it til next year and really blows up.
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#3091517 - 12/22/12 05:14 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: infoman jr.]
ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER
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i am not sure about my area,i know it seems they grew antlers real early this year
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#3091525 - 12/22/12 05:27 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
in the dog house!
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Saw a nice 8 this morning in west tn both still attached
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#3091535 - 12/22/12 05:39 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: in the dog house!]
Master Chief
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Most deer will hold their antlers on into February, but you will see a rare few that drop this early. It is all testosterone driven. When a buck gets worn down from the rut and loses that desire, his antlers will begin to fall off. I've seen them hold their antlers until April.

I wouldn't bother looking for a good while.
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#3091660 - 12/22/12 07:22 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: geezer]
Terence
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 Originally Posted By: geezer
 Originally Posted By: Da_Claw29
Yes they are dropping like crazy, better get in the woods and start looking

smarta$$..... He just asked a simple question. Come on man!


Did I miss something here ????

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#3091694 - 12/22/12 07:44 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
mayberryrick
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Mine last week shed his after I shot him. Found it 40 yards from where I shot him.
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#3091701 - 12/22/12 07:54 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
BHC
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Our deer in Wayne county hold them till end of feb.. And even in to march
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#3091878 - 12/22/12 10:14 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: Terence]
Da_Claw29
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#3091881 - 12/22/12 10:17 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: BHC]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: BHC
Our deer in Wayne county hold them till end of feb.. And even in to march


i have seen deer shed in december and carry into late april in the same county.
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#3091884 - 12/22/12 10:24 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: stik]
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seems they are starting to drop. hillbilly hunter saw a half rack 8 this am that was wearing both sides a few weeks back.


here is the thread to another discussion. be careful, it is starting early

http://www.tndeer.com/tndeertalk/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=3088881&page=4#Post3088881


Edited by redblood (12/22/12 10:24 PM)
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#3091895 - 12/22/12 10:34 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: redblood]
lpo1981
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I have a deer on camera from last week with one side but only have one picture and can't tell if its broke or dropped.. Seems real early for it to have started.
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#3091981 - 12/23/12 04:40 AM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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I was in Henderson county driving toward Natchez Trace and saw a real nice buck acting frisky toward a nice doe. They were in a pasture only about 15 feet off the highway, and he still had all his antlers.
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#3092585 - 12/23/12 03:16 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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Geezer, Thanks for having my back. It's getting old with all the rude & smart comments that have been showing up here lately. I guess just because my status is only a "spike" & I have not posted much some might think that I'm new to hunting and this site, wrong. I have monitered this site & hunted for years & only recently joined. Like you said it was only a question. I asked because I have not been in the woods since the 15th & any info. would help me decide if I would try & get a couple more hunts in before the season ends. Thanks again & Merry X-Mas. FC22
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#3092599 - 12/23/12 03:28 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: Florida Cracker 971]
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I have one buck on camera that has lost one side already...
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#3092613 - 12/23/12 03:36 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: BACKWOODS BOY]
jar
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Not a dumb question at all, I imagine some of the guys who answer alot of post dont know s---. Not many guys but cetainly a few. Ive seen bucks with horns in Turkey season but I found one in Jan. a few years ago.
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#3092731 - 12/23/12 05:15 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: Florida Cracker 971]
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 Originally Posted By: Florida Cracker 22
Geezer, Thanks for having my back. It's getting old with all the rude & smart comments that have been showing up here lately. I guess just because my status is only a "spike" & I have not posted much some might think that I'm new to hunting and this site, wrong. I have monitered this site & hunted for years & only recently joined. Like you said it was only a question. I asked because I have not been in the woods since the 15th & any info. would help me decide if I would try & get a couple more hunts in before the season ends. Thanks again & Merry X-Mas. FC22

Not a problem at all FC22. I thought about my reply and was wondering if I might have taken it the wrong way but it just rubbed me the wrong way. If they had been dropping like crazy than I would imagine a good explanation would follow and not "better hurry up and get to woods". Oh well theres one in every bunch. When they do start dropping around here (im in Williamson) You will be the first to know.

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#3092745 - 12/23/12 05:20 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: Swampster]
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 Originally Posted By: Swampster
I was in Henderson county driving toward Natchez Trace and saw a real nice buck acting frisky toward a nice doe. They were in a pasture only about 15 feet off the highway, and he still had all his antlers.


Yep, we are still seeing rutting activity on the park and surrounding areas.
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#3092793 - 12/23/12 05:57 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: Master Chief]
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Very few (if any) bucks in TN "naturally" drop antlers in December (are genetically programmed to do so). In fact, almost all healthy bucks will hold antlers until just before the new ones start to grow in spring (in the Southeast--the North is a different story).

Almost without exception, bucks in the Southeast dropping antlers in December is a bad sign, especially if it is more than just a few bucks. It is a sign of extreme stress. Normally that stess comes from the rut, but nutritional stress can also play a role. Even in herds with access to good nutrition, rut stress can be extremely hard on individual bucks, especially those that were the most aggressive chasers, breeders, and intimidators of other bucks. A few of the most aggressive bucks, usually 3 1/2 and 4 1/2s, losing antlers in January wouldn't be that out of line, but seeing a substantial percentage of bucks (especially young bucks) dropping antlers in mid to late December would be a very bad sign.
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#3093031 - 12/23/12 08:48 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: geezer]
Da_Claw29
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"Better hurry up and get in the woods"... Do I need to say more? Any other explanation needed? Sorry if my reply hurt anyone feelings.. Don't ask a question if you're not prepared for the answer.
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#3095150 - 12/25/12 05:31 PM Re: Bucks starting to shed antlers? [Re: Da_Claw29]
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I wouldn't find it "unusual" to find a shed rabbit hunting in January. Find several in February.

I should be keeping a log I guess but I'd say the highest percentage of fresh sheds I find are mid-February until mid March.

Seems to vary from year to year and property to property.

One year, I found a bunch of them. Started picking up fresh sheds in mid-January on my property and found the last one in mid April. I know they are fresh because I check plots weekly. I found a matching pair a few years ago. He dropped his first one early February. My last trail cam pic of him with the other side was early March. Found the shed the day I pulled that card. That was very unusual I think. Most seem to drop both within a week at the most.

I found three two years ago side by side from three different bucks about the 15th of January. I had pics of them fighting a few nights before so I figured they knocked them off sparring.
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