We have a hog trap set out and checked it this morning. Had a yearling buck caught in the trap. He had to have crawled in to get himself caught. Anyway, back to my question. He knocked both of his antlers off at the bases. One looks like it was pretty close to dropping but the other one has a pretty large bone spur attached to it. Will it grow back normal or deformed. We opened the gate and he ran out across the 40 acre wheat field and jumped the fence on the far side. He wasn't in the trap more than 6-8 hours at the very most.
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Breaking off hard antlers will not hurt them or deform their next antler growth. Bucks breaks antlers all the time during rut. Now if he had damaged them while in velvet that would be a different story.
I have had good luck hanging cedar branches in the trap opening, it seems to help detour deer. It may detour some hogs that wont push though it, but that is an acceptable loss. I hate catching deer, they always get busted up.
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