I was thinking about heading to the ranch this week to check on things, fill protein feeders, and check cameras. What percent of finished growth should the Bucks be at now? Are they about done growing?
I saw a big buck last week. They are in the last stages of antler growth, which will be mass and hardening. Right around September 15 they will almost all be done shedding their velvet in East Texas.
Sometimes you just have to hold back. The odds are stacked against me and him. Then you see him in mid Febuary with full head gear and the glory hits you. Next season will be wanted even more.
Historically deer around clay county shed velvet at end of August into early September. By first week of September they are hard horned and all rubbed off. Pretty much done growing by now in my lease area, haven't seen anything growing for a couple weeks.
Even on the same property you can have different stages. Some bucks will be ahead with growth while others will be 2-3 weeks behind the lead group. South Texas bucks will still do quite a bit of growing. Many will grow into early Sept.