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#7220150 - 07/09/18 09:27 PM Dark Horned Theory
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One of my stands sits in the middle of an open field with sparse cover nearby. Have noticed the deer that frequent this feeder generally have lighter colored horns as a rule of thumb. Then have another stand which overlooks a small right away surrounded by dense forest. Deer at this spot sometimes have darker horns (not always though). My theory is that the deer at the 1st stand spend more time in direct sun exposure which slowly but surely bleaches their horns. Am l on to something or is it really just all genetics?

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#7220160 - 07/09/18 09:32 PM Re: Dark Horned Theory [Re: HVILLE HNTR]
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Iím convinced itís sun exposure.
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#7220191 - 07/09/18 09:55 PM Re: Dark Horned Theory [Re: HuntnFly67]
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Antler color is a combination of genetics, sun exposure, and what they rub on. My experience is genetics is the most influential.
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#7220330 - 07/10/18 06:42 AM Re: Dark Horned Theory [Re: therancher]
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Originally Posted By: therancher
Antler color is a combination of genetics, sun exposure, and what they rub on. My experience is genetics is the most influential.
Very true rancher. I have a dark antlered Buck that has had dark antlers probably for at least 4 years now. Even the hair on his body is a little darker than the others. He is getting old now and his antlers are not what they used to be. But you can tell by the color of the velvet he will still have dark antlers.

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#7220381 - 07/10/18 08:02 AM Re: Dark Horned Theory [Re: HVILLE HNTR]
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Bucks rub on cedars around here and it tends to darken the antlers.
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#7220496 - 07/10/18 09:47 AM Re: Dark Horned Theory [Re: HVILLE HNTR]
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I've always heard it's what they rub off on......

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#7220500 - 07/10/18 09:53 AM Re: Dark Horned Theory [Re: HVILLE HNTR]
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This is a dark antlered Deer

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#7220501 - 07/10/18 09:56 AM Re: Dark Horned Theory [Re: don k]
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Originally Posted By: don k
Originally Posted By: therancher
Antler color is a combination of genetics, sun exposure, and what they rub on. My experience is genetics is the most influential.
Very true rancher. I have a dark antlered Buck that has had dark antlers probably for at least 4 years now. Even the hair on his body is a little darker than the others. He is getting old now and his antlers are not what they used to be. But you can tell by the color of the velvet he will still have dark antlers.


Iíll post some pics from this year to prove it later. Your pic is definitely a darker antlered deer.
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#7220504 - 07/10/18 09:57 AM Re: Dark Horned Theory [Re: HVILLE HNTR]
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This what most Deer look like. See the difference in the color of the velvet. The dark one had 13 points a couple of years ago. Last year had 11.

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#7220525 - 07/10/18 10:15 AM Re: Dark Horned Theory [Re: HVILLE HNTR]
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Very interesting, I never noticed different colors of velvet. Thanks for sharing.
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#7220533 - 07/10/18 10:25 AM Re: Dark Horned Theory [Re: HVILLE HNTR]
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What they rub on will darken the bases a little, but chocolate horned vs white horned is mostly genetics.

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#7221379 - 07/11/18 05:41 AM Re: Dark Horned Theory [Re: HVILLE HNTR]
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Genetics primarily what they rub on secondary.
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#7221437 - 07/11/18 07:41 AM Re: Dark Horned Theory [Re: HVILLE HNTR]
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Is this buck going to be light or medium or dark color horn?
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#7221467 - 07/11/18 08:17 AM Re: Dark Horned Theory [Re: HVILLE HNTR]
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I"m no biologist, but every buck I see looks the same while in velvet. I believe it's what they rub their antlers on that determines coloration.

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#7221624 - 07/11/18 10:45 AM Re: Dark Horned Theory [Re: HVILLE HNTR]
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Curious how diet might affect it. We have many ďchocolateĒ antlered deer around here..
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