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Antler Growth Stage 1: The Young Buck’s Antlers. The process of antler growth starts very early in a deer’s life. In fact, cells of the frontal bone begin differentiating into something called the antlerogenic periosteum in the embryonic stage. As a result, a young buck is born with tiny pedicles, hidden under the skin of his forehead.


Deer are the hoofed ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae.The two main groups of deer are the Cervinae, including the muntjac, the elk (wapiti), the fallow deer, and the chital; and the Capreolinae, including the reindeer (caribou), the roe deer, and the moose.Female reindeer, and male deer of all species except the Chinese water deer, grow and shed new antlers each year.


These deer in well-managed areas with good genetics can sometimes have multiple points (10 or more) and even have spreads outside their ears. This is why learning to judge age by body characteristics is so important, because a one-year-old with great characteristics is the exact buck you want to let develop until five or six.


If you're deer hunting during doe season, you're looking for antlerless deer. Young male fawns, still antlerless, may resemble does. Shooting a so-called "button buck" might be legal, but if you do so means the animal won't grow into an antlered buck next year.


Events such as young bucks grunting and rubbing trees and a turkey flying up to roost. Shooting the first deer that comes into sight certainly does not allow for full enjoyment of Creation, and my hunts are now memorable for more reasons than blood on the ground. Patience to wait for a mature buck simply makes one more knowledgeable about the ...


A contact or social grunt is simply a low and quick "urp" sound. Both bucks and does use social grunts or contact calls to identify themselves to other deer and announce their presence in an area. A buck grunt tends to be deeper and more guttural than a doe grunt, which sounds a bit more nasal and higher pitched in nature.


Illustration by Steve Sanford Hardly any hunter would criticize you for shooting a 3 1⁄2-year-old buck. But if you’re setting a higher bar for yourself and want to down a fully mature ...


The does will be with their fawns and possibly another doe or young buck. You’ll find groups of deer feeding in lush meadows, orchards or anywhere there is new growth. Younger plants taste better and are more tender. A buck’s antlers start as nubs in April and reach their full potential by August. During summer, antlers look fuzzy from ...


A male deer is called a buck. The size of the buck depends on many factors, including longevity, his herd's sex composition, age, and environmental conditions. ... but only within their own sex. Therefore, upon reaching a mature age, around 16 months, a young buck leaves the female group where he was raised and sets out to find a male group of ...


This wasn’t unusual—a well-used deer trail looped through the neighborhood and I saw deer nearly every day —but there was something about this deer that made me stop and watch him. He was a young buck, the nubs of his antlers still in velvet. He was moving slowly, and for a deer, rather inelegantly.