Strange Antler

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by Goldtanker, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. Goldtanker

    Goldtanker New Member

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    Aug 30, 2008
    This guy showed up in the yard this week.  Injury to his lower right leg also, consistent with the cause and effect theory of antler abnormalities.

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  2. mkamer

    mkamer New Member

    May 19, 2005
    Somebody needs to take taht deer out of the herd and improve the gene pool. That's one weird looking rack. A buck like that is good for only one thing...venison summer sausage.
     

  3. bassman2

    bassman2 New Member

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    Jul 22, 2008
    That's freaky looking - agree - harvest that sucker.
     
  4. Goldtanker

    Goldtanker New Member

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    Aug 30, 2008
    A theory I found on line:

     http://www.whitetailstewards.com/articlesonsite/deerbiology/antlerabnormalities.htm

    Body Injuries (this guy had an injury to his right leg)

    Body injuries caused by disease, vehicles, bullets, arrows, snakebite, and other unfortunate events can cause abnormal antler growth.  Injuries to a front limb (foot, leg, shoulder) may affect the antler on the injured side, opposite side or both sides, but the antler on the injured side is typically most affected.  Hind limb injuries usually affect the opposite antler.  Body injuries can affect antler growth on both sides and may cause the antlers to stop growing entirely.  Depending on location and severity of the injury, the abnormality may occur on just the current set of antlers or it may be carried throughout life.  For example, a buck that sustains minor injuries to his right rear leg from a vehicle collision may have an abnormal left antler for one season.  Another buck that loses his right rear foot to a bullet may have an abnormal left antler for the rest of his life.
     
  5. torrent

    torrent New Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    How bad is the limp?
     
  6. Goldtanker

    Goldtanker New Member

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    Aug 30, 2008
    It looks like a break at the ankle that didn't heal right.  I see at least a couple of those injuries each year.  Very pronounced limp.
     
  7. optimus

    optimus New Member

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    Nov 8, 2010
    i think its a photo shopped or maybe these are in real but these are very strange to see :D
     
  8. torrent

    torrent New Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    He may never get that antler to grow right then. :-/ Any chance he would be a victim of predation this winter because of the limp?
     
  9. Goldtanker

    Goldtanker New Member

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    Aug 30, 2008
    No wolves this far South. His biggest problem will be crossing the road a half mile West of here.  :)
     
  10. torrent

    torrent New Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    That's good for the deer herd. Coyotes are just as bad so watch out for those too. Hopefully things will go well for the little buck if he doesn't get hit on the road :).
     
  11. gunner69

    gunner69 New Member

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    Mar 6, 2010
    Alabama
    In Germany they call that an "Ab shoots" buck. There are even special trophies given out in this class. And yes, he did need to be culled. Congradulations
     
  12. dbracin

    dbracin New Member

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    Nov 3, 2004
    Now that's a strange looking set of horns. Must have had an injury.