Female deer rarely grow antlers, unless they have extremely high testosterone levels, and are typically much smaller than their male counterparts. Male deer do have antlers and are known as bucks while female deer are known as does.Continue Reading
The Missouri Department of Conservation has found that there is usually one female deer with antlers for every 65 to 4,437 female deer. As can be seen, the prevalence of female deer with antlers can be quite high if it adheres to the one in 65 probability rather than the one in 4,437. However, out of all of the deer species, the caribou is the only deer species where females with antlers are considered normal.
There are three different types of antlered does as reported by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The first is a deer that has extremely high levels of testosterone present in the blood. These does will grow antlers that are under-developed and will still be able to have babies. The second is a deer that has both the female and male reproductive organs. The third is a deer that is a male and is biologically functional but has a few female features, such as hidden male genitalia under skin. These male deer may look like female deer to an observer.Learn more about Deer
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Reindeer are the only species of deer in which both the females and males grow antlers. Female reindeer can grow antlers that are 20 inches long, and males can grow a 51 inch long rack of antlers. Antlers are shed and re-grown each year.Full Answer >
Elk antlers fall off between late February and early May of each year. Older male elk with larger antlers shed them first, beginning in February. The younger males with smaller antlers don't begin to shed their antlers until April or early May.Full Answer >
Deer rub their antlers up and down on trees and bushes once the antlers are fully grown to remove the hair-like membrane known as velvet from the outside. The antlers then dry and harden and are used as weapons in fights with other males to assert dominance during breeding season.Full Answer >