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how much do antlers shrink over time? #4078160 02/24/13 02:17 AM
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Always wondered this. I know they shrink, but does anyone have an approximation?


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Not to much. Mainly on spread and maybe a mass measurement or two on mounts. Greenscore vs. 60 day dry period loss is mainly on the spread for B&C.


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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Not to much. Mainly on spread and maybe a mass measurement or two on mounts. Greenscore vs. 60 day dry period loss is mainly on the spread for B&C.


i was wondering. I was in my office reading TTHA mag and there was an article about a buck that was shot in the 70s and they wanted to get it scored for B&C.

deer fell short of the min. but the comment was made "that if they had had it scored back then it would have made it with room to spare" Kinda made it sound like it shrunk by a few inches or more.


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My guess is he was mis-scored the first time. Not uncommon at all when you see some of the scores posted on deer and at contests.


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I just re-measured the inside spread on a buck I killed in '94 that has lost 2/8". Went from 19 4/8" to 19 2/8" inside spread.


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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I just re-measured the inside spread on a buck I killed in '94 that has lost 2/8". Went from 19 4/8" to 19 2/8" inside spread.


time to throw that buck in the trash


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I did not have the buck mounted for his score or spread.


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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I just re-measured the inside spread on a buck I killed in '94 that has lost 2/8". Went from 19 4/8" to 19 2/8" inside spread.


time to throw that buck in the trash


Don't trash it, hang it in a tree bolt

cheers


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Re: how much do antlers shrink over time? [Re: kmon1] #4080979 02/25/13 01:42 PM
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I just re-measured the inside spread on a buck I killed in '94 that has lost 2/8". Went from 19 4/8" to 19 2/8" inside spread.


time to throw that buck in the trash


Don't trash it, hang it in a tree bolt

cheers


OH SNAP!

good one!


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They've got pills for that kinda shrinkage

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yeah, 1/2 inch or less on spread and a few 1/8s here and there. doesn't amount to much in my experience.

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I have actually killed some huge bucks that shrunk badly by the time i walked from the stand to where they hit the ground.

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Originally Posted By: cos
I have actually killed some huge bucks that shrunk badly by the time i walked from the stand to where they hit the ground.


Not uncommon. confused2

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Originally Posted By: cos
I have actually killed some huge bucks that shrunk badly by the time i walked from the stand to where they hit the ground.


Same here. Had quite a few do that over the years. I think it's the water...

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Originally Posted By: cos
I have actually killed some huge bucks that shrunk badly by the time i walked from the stand to where they hit the ground.


+1

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I have heard up to 2-3%. Never tested the theory, but I wouldn't automatically say, "No way!!!"

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Originally Posted By: cos
I have actually killed some huge bucks that shrunk badly by the time i walked from the stand to where they hit the ground.
cheers

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Hey saw this and thought of something.....the boone and crockett minimum has changed a few times on certain animals. Maybe thats what they were talking about. I do have an antelope that lost 4/8 between green and offical score.


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I'm a scorer and have scored deer that lost a few inches from green to dry after 6 months.

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Put linseed oil on the antlers right after you kill it. Keeps color and slows drying.

Re: how much do antlers shrink over time? [Re: ckat] #4107543 03/08/13 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted By: ckat
I have heard up to 2-3%. Never tested the theory, but I wouldn't automatically say, "No way!!!"


3% is what I've heard, fairly often. But I can't personally verify. Perhaps I should re-measure some of my trophies from 20-30 years back.

NAH!


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For the heck of it, measured one from 25 years ago and it went from 131 to 127 5/8 so that 2-3% might be about right


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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I just re-measured the inside spread on a buck I killed in '94 that has lost 2/8". Went from 19 4/8" to 19 2/8" inside spread.


Wonder if that is shrinking or warping?


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