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#5978546 - 10/15/15 08:33 AM Antler Color
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I've always liked the dark antlered bucks. Anyone have any ideas on what makes one antler darker than another?
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#5978587 - 10/15/15 08:56 AM Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232]
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Iv always herd its from blood stain and time of progression when they start scraping it off...
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#5978589 - 10/15/15 08:57 AM Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232]
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Or I guess what type of tree they are choosing to rub on...
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#5978595 - 10/15/15 09:04 AM Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232]
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Going to get a lot of different theories on this one. Some will say it is genetics. Some will say it is from the type of tree or brush they rub on when shedding the velvet. Some will say it is from the type of feed/mineral they eat. Some will say it is due to age, older bucks have darker antlers. Some will say it is the location they live in-more cover vs canopy to allow sunlight to bleach the antlers lighter in color. Some will say it is from the blood stain. Some will say it is from an older buck not rubbing his antlers much all to shed the velvet, this allows the blood to stain better. I have seen same age bucks in breeding pens all eating the same feed and rubbing on the same trees/brush or lack of any that will have different colored antlers. The only difference they might have is genetics. I have seen white colored and darker colored antlers in Western Kansas. I have seen very dark antlers and lighter colored antlers in South Texas in the same herd. If sunlight bleached out anlters then the deer in heavier canopy should have very dark antlers, but they don't always have darker antlers in heavier canopy. popcorn
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#5978597 - 10/15/15 09:05 AM Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232]
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I always figured it was from different levels or different types of nutrients like yard eggs having darker yolks than store-bought
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#5978600 - 10/15/15 09:06 AM Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232]
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I have always heard the very white antlers means they are jacked up on protien.
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#5978604 - 10/15/15 09:07 AM Re: Antler Color [Re: stxranchman]
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Natty Love

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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Going to get a lot of different theories on this one. Some will say it is genetics. Some will say it is from the type of tree or brush they rub on when shedding the velvet. Some will say it is from the type of feed/mineral they eat. Some will say it is due to age, older bucks have darker antlers. Some will say it is the location they live in-more cover vs canopy to allow sunlight to bleach the antlers lighter in color. Some will say it is from the blood stain. Some will say it is from an older buck not rubbing his antlers much all to shed the velvet, this allows the blood to stain better. I have seen same age bucks in breeding pens all eating the same feed and rubbing on the same trees/brush or lack of any that will have different colored antlers. The only difference they might have is genetics. I have seen white colored and darker colored antlers in Western Kansas. I have seen very dark antlers and lighter colored antlers in South Texas in the same herd. If sunlight bleached out anlters then the deer in heavier canopy should have very dark antlers, but they don't always have darker antlers in heavier canopy. popcorn


But I win grin


Edited by Navasot (10/15/15 09:08 AM)
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#5978611 - 10/15/15 09:11 AM Re: Antler Color [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Going to get a lot of different theories on this one. Some will say it is genetics. Some will say it is from the type of tree or brush they rub on when shedding the velvet. Some will say it is from the type of feed/mineral they eat. Some will say it is due to age, older bucks have darker antlers. Some will say it is the location they live in-more cover vs canopy to allow sunlight to bleach the antlers lighter in color. Some will say it is from the blood stain. Some will say it is from an older buck not rubbing his antlers much all to shed the velvet, this allows the blood to stain better. I have seen same age bucks in breeding pens all eating the same feed and rubbing on the same trees/brush or lack of any that will have different colored antlers. The only difference they might have is genetics. I have seen white colored and darker colored antlers in Western Kansas. I have seen very dark antlers and lighter colored antlers in South Texas in the same herd. If sunlight bleached out anlters then the deer in heavier canopy should have very dark antlers, but they don't always have darker antlers in heavier canopy. popcorn


But I win grin

And your prize is in the mail... rofl
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#5978619 - 10/15/15 09:14 AM Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232]
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I have always wondered that. I have both types on my place. I have no idea what it is, but have to assume genetics since I have both.
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#5978666 - 10/15/15 09:35 AM Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232]
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Anybody even seen color change through the years on the same buck?

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#5978677 - 10/15/15 09:39 AM Re: Antler Color [Re: 8pointdrop]
titan2232 Offline
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Originally Posted By: 8pointdrop
Anybody even seen color change through the years on the same buck?


That's a great question and I don't believe I've noticed much difference in a single deer from year to year.
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#5978679 - 10/15/15 09:40 AM Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232]
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Hey, if we didnt have anecdotal evidence, we wouldnt have anything to talk about around here. How could we possibly have pissing contests if there were absolutes when it comes to deer attactants, human piss, direction of the wind, a deers nose that can smell 9 differnt things at once, how high in a tree you have to be and on and on. How many less threads would there be if all this stuff was known without a doubt? roflmao
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#5978681 - 10/15/15 09:41 AM Re: Antler Color [Re: 8pointdrop]
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Natty Love

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Originally Posted By: 8pointdrop
Anybody even seen color change through the years on the same buck?


yup
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#5978682 - 10/15/15 09:42 AM Re: Antler Color [Re: shadams]
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Originally Posted By: shadams
Hey, if we didnt have anecdotal evidence, we wouldnt have anything to talk about around here. How could we possibly have pissing contests if there were absolutes when it comes to deer attactants, human piss, direction of the wind, a deers nose that can smell 9 differnt things at once, how high in a tree you have to be and on and on. How many less threads would there be if all this stuff was known without a doubt? roflmao

cheers you sir, are a gentleman and a scholar
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#5978686 - 10/15/15 09:44 AM Re: Antler Color [Re: 8pointdrop]
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Originally Posted By: 8pointdrop
Anybody even seen color change through the years on the same buck?

Yes I have.
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