What does a "12-point buck" mean?


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The phrase "12-point buck" refers to the number of antler tines or protrusions on an adult male deer. The usual 12-point buck would have six tines in a symmetrical pattern on each antler.

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What does a "12-point buck" mean?
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Bucks typically begin growing antlers in early April in response to the increased sunlight. By late summer, the antlers have fully hardened. The total number of points on a deer's antlers is determined by its genetics, age and nutrition. Bucks reach their prime antler size between the age of 4 and 7 years old. A healthy diet provides the deer with the necessary nutrients to grow a more impressive rack of tines.

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