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#3276165 - 06/26/13 01:18 PM Re: How much more? [Re: Wes Parrish]
Master Chief
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
Also notice in BSK's two pics of the same buck . . . . . .

There is no obvious increase in length of the G-1's from the 1st pic to the 2nd. However, there is a very noticeable increase in the main beams' length, i.e. note the smaller space between the tips in the 2nd pic.


Also there is G2 growth.
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#3276186 - 06/26/13 01:57 PM Re: How much more? [Re: Master Chief]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: Master Chief
Also there is G2 growth.

Yes, but it's just not as much nor as noticeable as the main beam growth.

As others have pointed out, the closer to the head, the sooner the growth finishes. The G-1's were essentially done in the first pic, while the G-2's were still able to add a little more by the 2nd. Also note there was little difference in the spread width from pic 1 to pic 2.

I've noticed that once a buck is about at the stage of either BSK's Pic 1 or Pic 2, having more favorable conditions (mainly more rainfall) during that current stage of antler development vs. average conditions, can make a significant difference in tine length. In other words the length of G-2's, G-3's, and G-4's can become much longer in a final spurt of growth if rainfall and food sources are above average during that final growth period (while there is no increase in width or general appearance other than tine length).

I often wonder how much some hunters are actually stunting their tine growth when they are feeding corn during the summer months, since the ingestion of low-protein corn probably causes the deer to eat less of the high-protein other available foods that would otherwise be consumed if the corn were not present. (At this stage, protein is what's needed for antler growth.)

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#3276221 - 06/26/13 03:24 PM Re: How much more? [Re: Wes Parrish]
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I love this SDHT forum at this time of year. Maybe it's only the more serious hunters or somethin but it seems like I learn alot more when I'm on during this time of year. You guys rock
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#3276975 - 06/27/13 12:11 PM Re: How much more? [Re: Wes Parrish]
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
Also notice in BSK's two pics of the same buck . . . . . .

There is no obvious increase in length of the G-1's from the 1st pic to the 2nd. However, there is a very noticeable increase in the main beams' length, i.e. note the smaller space between the tips in the 2nd pic.
Good eye,I bet he added 4" plus or minus on beam length between the 2 of them.
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