I am in an AR County. Do you think this buck is a legal buck to kill. I believe he is only 2 1\2 years old. I seen him numerous times last year and thought he was injured during velvet. Last year he had a fork horn about 6" tall on one side but the other side was just a 6" long spike that grew out to the side instead of up. I am curious if he would qualify as having an unbranched antler. I also saw him chasing lots of does last year and am not sure I want any more of this genetic.
No he won't qualify as an unbranched antler on either side from what I can tell. That is not genetic but could be an antler or pedicle injury. Almost all of antlers that appear like this will be injury/damage related. You have any pics from last year or any more from this year?
No way to know for sure but I have never seen anything like him on my place in 30 yrs. I am really just assuming. Last year he did have a red spot like an injury on the side that grew out instead of up. I have lots of pics of him but most are at night. I will try to narrow them down. He is a North Texas deer so I would guess he will be about 150-170lbs at maturity.