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#6366773 - 07/12/16 10:25 AM dark colored antlers?
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Got a stupid question for yall. See many deer pics on the forum of bucks with chocolate antlers but in N.E tx were i live i have always taken deer with white antlers untill last year were i killed my best buck ever and he had dark chocolate antlers. I guess my question is what makes this deer dark horned and the rest ive taken white? what tree or bush gives them the dark color?
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#6366777 - 07/12/16 10:32 AM Re: dark colored antlers? [Re: Hoytman]
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I will let STX chime in or someone with a higher pay grade...BoBo and I had a talk about this once and he had some great info...we see some Deer on different parts of the Ranch and I feel a lot is the Soil...or I have been told that..I always assumed genetics/age but again I could be wrong..
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#6366782 - 07/12/16 10:37 AM Re: dark colored antlers? [Re: Hoytman]
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popcorn Looking forward to comments.

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#6366795 - 07/12/16 10:44 AM Re: dark colored antlers? [Re: Hoytman]
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Have hunted my place for 30yrs and never killed a dark colored horned buck till this year and it sure has me curious.
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#6366799 - 07/12/16 10:47 AM Re: dark colored antlers? [Re: KG68]
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Originally Posted By: KG68
popcorn Looking forward to comments.


So its not the soil rofl


Kent why does one Bird Dog have more spots than another roflmao
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#6366835 - 07/12/16 11:11 AM Re: dark colored antlers? [Re: Hoytman]
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We have a mix of dark colored and almost white antlered deer. Also have a few that are very yellow. I always thought it was what they decided to rub on, but will be tuned in for any info.
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#6366849 - 07/12/16 11:25 AM Re: dark colored antlers? [Re: Hoytman]
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I have always read it was due to the types of vegetation they rub on, and how often they do it. Made sense to me as nearly all the penned breeder bucks you see have nearly white antlers. They have excellent genetics and nutrition, but usually no significant trees to rub. Same goes for those mid-west corn field bucks.

At least in our area, there also seems to be some correlation with age. Seems the older bucks generally have a better shot at darker antlers, while the youngsters are generally whiter.

Staying tuned as well.
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#6366851 - 07/12/16 11:28 AM Re: dark colored antlers? [Re: Hoytman]
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Yellow horns been rubbing China berry trees
White horns been rubbing white oak
Light Brown horns been rubbing Mexican olive tree
Brown horns been rubbing on bamboo
Really dark horns be rubbin on dat African bush willow

I hope I didn't offend anyone...I'd like to know myself

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#6366868 - 07/12/16 11:45 AM Re: dark colored antlers? [Re: TxAg]
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I have always read it was due to the types of vegetation they rub on, and how often they do it. Made sense to me as nearly all the penned breeder bucks you see have nearly white antlers. They have excellent genetics and nutrition, but usually no significant trees to rub. Same goes for those mid-west corn field bucks.

At least in our area, there also seems to be some correlation with age. Seems the older bucks generally have a better shot at darker antlers, while the youngsters are generally whiter.

Staying tuned as well.



One of the first things I will start to look for for age on the Rock Springs place TxAg is stickers and trash around the base...seems that when the stickers and trash start to appear around the base with the way we feed there its a tell tell of a 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 year old on that place
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#6366880 - 07/12/16 11:54 AM Re: dark colored antlers? [Re: Hoytman]
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I agree with the stickers and trash when it comes to age. We're between Sonora and Juno
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#6366889 - 07/12/16 12:01 PM Re: dark colored antlers? [Re: Hoytman]
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The deer i took was 4 or 5 years old acording to TPW biologist when i took to processer. Dont know if that makes any difference.
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#6366894 - 07/12/16 12:04 PM Re: dark colored antlers? [Re: Hoytman]
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Age, genetics, habitat, exposure, and some other factors.

Age and genetics are what they are.

Habitat can play a role. Early season, many antlers are darker and will fade as the season goes on, mainly because of being bleached by the sun. Deer in "big woods" will tend to hold their color longer than deer that thrive in more open country.

The types of trees that they rub will also play a role in the color because the wood and sap will stain the antlers. When we had the big burns in Texas, we saw a lot of darker antlers than we typically see in those regions.
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#6366899 - 07/12/16 12:08 PM Re: dark colored antlers? [Re: SniperRAB]
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Originally Posted By: SniperRAB
Originally Posted By: KG68
popcorn Looking forward to comments.


So its not the soil rofl


Kent why does one Bird Dog have more spots than another roflmao


nidea Maybe Bill will chip in with the answer on that one. rofl

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#6366911 - 07/12/16 12:17 PM Re: dark colored antlers? [Re: Hoytman]
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I believe it is genetics. Most here are fairly dark. I have one here that last year even while in velvet was very dark. This year he is like that again. Will try to get a picture of him and you can see the difference.
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#6366914 - 07/12/16 12:21 PM Re: dark colored antlers? [Re: Hoytman]
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I prefer milk chocolate to dark choclate antlers just my tastes.
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