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#3206127 - 03/28/13 06:26 AM Re: Bucks still Carrying antlers in Franklin County [Re: BSK]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
And as of March 23rd, all but one of the 2 1/2+ bucks I'm getting pictures of still have their antlers . . . .

This is fantastic and bodes well for larger than average antlers this Fall?

I've noticed similar, in that the yearlings seem to be shedding before the older bucks. More interesting, most of the sheds I've found this year were last years' sheds, indicating that most bucks in my area must have shed their antlers in late March or later (in Spring 2012). My take is that antlers shed in late March to April are more "protecteded" from the sun and being seen, and can still be in pretty good shape if you find them nearly a year later (Feb of the next year).

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#3206141 - 03/28/13 06:49 AM Re: Bucks still Carrying antlers in Franklin County [Re: Wes Parrish]
BlackBelt
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Same in Shelby County. I got a 10 point and an 8 point on one of my trailcams this past week.
I thought it was odd they still have their antlers.

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#3206171 - 03/28/13 07:41 AM Re: Bucks still Carrying antlers in Franklin County [Re: BlackBelt]
BSK
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 Originally Posted By: BlackBelt
Same in Shelby County. I got a 10 point and an 8 point on one of my trailcams this past week.
I thought it was odd they still have their antlers.


Not odd, just a sign of a deer herd in great shape. The healthier the bucks are, the longer they hold their antlers (in the Southeast).
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#3206222 - 03/28/13 08:26 AM Re: Bucks still Carrying antlers in Franklin County [Re: BSK]
lpo1981
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My bucks have finally all shed there horns in the last week..
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#3206307 - 03/28/13 09:38 AM Re: Bucks still Carrying antlers in Franklin County [Re: lpo1981]
preds1
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Seen a 6 the other day that lost one side.
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#3206644 - 03/28/13 02:03 PM Re: Bucks still Carrying antlers in Franklin County [Re: lpo1981]
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 Originally Posted By: lpo1981
My bucks have finally all shed there horns in the last week..


That's interesting lpo1981.
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#3206652 - 03/28/13 02:10 PM Re: Bucks still Carrying antlers in Franklin County [Re: BSK]
lpo1981
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: lpo1981
My bucks have finally all shed there horns in the last week..


That's interesting lpo1981.


Let me rephrase that I didn't have a single buck on trail camera that had any head gear left, not saying they all dropped... This is the 1st time I've pulled cameras an had bucks who have dropped..

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#3206654 - 03/28/13 02:12 PM Re: Bucks still Carrying antlers in Franklin County [Re: lpo1981]
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Gotcha. I suspect all the older bucks in my area will drop in the next couple of weeks. I usually see scraping activity associated with new antler growth during the first two weeks of April.

Although I was shocked by the fact the yearling bucks in my area dropped antlers much earlier than the older bucks. I honestly expected just the opposite.
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#3206700 - 03/28/13 02:49 PM Re: Bucks still Carrying antlers in Franklin County [Re: lpo1981]
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 Originally Posted By: lpo1981
 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: lpo1981
My bucks have finally all shed there horns in the last week..


That's interesting lpo1981.


Let me rephrase that I didn't have a single buck on trail camera that had any head gear left, not saying they all dropped... This is the 1st time I've pulled cameras an had bucks who have dropped..


In Dickson Co? We are in the north/western portion and most of our deer shed early March. In Mont Co they hold on till April. This is specific to our hunting grounds of course.
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#3206758 - 03/28/13 03:34 PM Re: Bucks still Carrying antlers in Franklin County [Re: AT Hiker]
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 Originally Posted By: AT Hiker
 Originally Posted By: lpo1981
 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: lpo1981
My bucks have finally all shed there horns in the last week..


That's interesting lpo1981.


Let me rephrase that I didn't have a single buck on trail camera that had any head gear left, not saying they all dropped... This is the 1st time I've pulled cameras an had bucks who have dropped..


In Dickson Co? We are in the north/western portion and most of our deer shed early March. In Mont Co they hold on till April. This is specific to our hunting grounds of course.


I suspect the early march ant;ler shedding in Dickson County may be more of a herd health issue than a genetic issue. I've yet to see a deer herd anywhere in the Southeast that won't hold their antlers until just before the new antlers begin to grow IF herd health is maximized.
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