texashuntingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
shady-grady, cabish, Codyc6, BMCMRETIRED, Steve from GA
67462 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
dogcatcher 104,259
bill oxner 74,631
stxranchman 56,727
SnakeWrangler 54,008
RKHarm24 44,585
rifleman 44,451
BMD 41,091
Gravytrain 40,858
Facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums45
Topics588,628
Posts11,094,048
Members82,462
Most Online19,184
Feb 5th, 2020
Print Thread
Antler Color #5978546 10/15/15 01:33 PM
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 4,912
T
titan2232 Offline OP
Extreme Tracker
OP Offline
Extreme Tracker
T
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 4,912
I've always liked the dark antlered bucks. Anyone have any ideas on what makes one antler darker than another?



Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232] #5978587 10/15/15 01:56 PM
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 27,887
N
Navasot Offline
Hollywood
Offline
Hollywood
N
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 27,887
Iv always herd its from blood stain and time of progression when they start scraping it off...

Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232] #5978589 10/15/15 01:57 PM
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 27,887
N
Navasot Offline
Hollywood
Offline
Hollywood
N
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 27,887
Or I guess what type of tree they are choosing to rub on...

Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232] #5978595 10/15/15 02:04 PM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 56,727
S
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
S
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 56,727
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


[Linked Image]
Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232] #5978597 10/15/15 02:05 PM
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 1,426
D
DuckCoach1985 Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
D
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 1,426
I always figured it was from different levels or different types of nutrients like yard eggs having darker yolks than store-bought

Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232] #5978600 10/15/15 02:06 PM
Joined: Apr 2015
Posts: 756
A
Aggieman775 Offline
Tracker
Offline
Tracker
A
Joined: Apr 2015
Posts: 756
I have always heard the very white antlers means they are jacked up on protien.


TSmith
Re: Antler Color [Re: stxranchman] #5978604 10/15/15 02:07 PM
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 27,887
N
Navasot Offline
Hollywood
Offline
Hollywood
N
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 27,887
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

Last edited by Navasot; 10/15/15 02:08 PM.
Re: Antler Color [Re: Navasot] #5978611 10/15/15 02:11 PM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 56,727
S
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
S
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 56,727
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


[Linked Image]
Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232] #5978619 10/15/15 02:14 PM
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,281
N
Nogalus Prairie Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
N
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,281
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.


Originally Posted By: Russ79
I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.


Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232] #5978666 10/15/15 02:35 PM
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 5,294
8
8pointdrop Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
8
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 5,294
Anybody even seen color change through the years on the same buck?

Re: Antler Color [Re: 8pointdrop] #5978677 10/15/15 02:39 PM
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 4,912
T
titan2232 Offline OP
Extreme Tracker
OP Offline
Extreme Tracker
T
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 4,912
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.



Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232] #5978679 10/15/15 02:40 PM
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 239
S
shadams Offline
Woodsman
Offline
Woodsman
S
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 239
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


"Facts, not ideology, determine reality."
Re: Antler Color [Re: 8pointdrop] #5978681 10/15/15 02:41 PM
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 27,887
N
Navasot Offline
Hollywood
Offline
Hollywood
N
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 27,887
Originally Posted By: 8pointdrop
Anybody even seen color change through the years on the same buck?


yup

Re: Antler Color [Re: shadams] #5978682 10/15/15 02:42 PM
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 1,426
D
DuckCoach1985 Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
D
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 1,426
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

Re: Antler Color [Re: 8pointdrop] #5978686 10/15/15 02:44 PM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 56,727
S
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
S
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 56,727
Originally Posted By: 8pointdrop
Anybody even seen color change through the years on the same buck?

Yes I have.


[Linked Image]
Re: Antler Color [Re: stxranchman] #5978689 10/15/15 02:46 PM
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,281
N
Nogalus Prairie Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
N
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,281
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: 8pointdrop
Anybody even seen color change through the years on the same buck?

Yes I have.


They identified differently. That's cool now.


Originally Posted By: Russ79
I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.


Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232] #5978692 10/15/15 02:48 PM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 56,727
S
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
S
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 56,727
IME it seems most bucks antlers will darken a bit with age. Some will darken a lot.


[Linked Image]
Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232] #5978706 10/15/15 02:54 PM
Joined: Oct 2015
Posts: 67
A
Alim Offline
Outdoorsman
Offline
Outdoorsman
A
Joined: Oct 2015
Posts: 67
I was scouting the day before bow season and saw 2 nice 8's together at a feeder. One, bone white, one so dark I couldn't tell he had antlers until after the sun was fully up.

Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232] #5979462 10/15/15 11:12 PM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 18,539
P
Pitchfork Predator Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
P
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 18,539
If I could choose there is just something really cool about dark antlers.

I've heard a few different theories like have all been mentioned.

After thinking about what stxranchman said, most young bucks do seem to have lighter colored antlers from what I've observed.


Marc C. Helfrich
Retirement Planner

www.insured-wealth.com
469-323-8920
Re: Antler Color [Re: Aggieman775] #5979716 10/16/15 01:56 AM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 16,546
M
MikeC Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
M
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 16,546
Originally Posted By: Aggieman775
I have always heard the very white antlers means they are jacked up on protien.


One of the biggest whitetail bucks I've ever seen was in Collingsworth county and had snow white antlers and there wasn't a protein feeder within miles. We had bucks on that place with all different shades of antlers, from white to really dark brown.


www.connerknives.net

In every old body lives a young person wondering what the hell happened!

[Linked Image]
Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232] #5979757 10/16/15 02:10 AM
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 35,761
txshntr Offline
T-Rex Arms
Offline
T-Rex Arms
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 35,761
Have heard all kinds of theories and figure there are truth to alot of them.

The one about rubbing seems to have some merit to it. A few years ago when we were having all the fires, there were alot of deer coming out of those areas with some very dark antlers, much darker than average for the same areas a year before.


Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232] #5981769 10/17/15 08:59 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 2,874
E
Enter Standman Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
E
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 2,874
I suspect that it has to do with being a good deer or a bad deer in the deer community.

Re: Antler Color [Re: stxranchman] #5981856 10/17/15 10:38 PM
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 27,931
W
Western Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
W
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 27,931
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: 8pointdrop
Anybody even seen color change through the years on the same buck?

Yes I have.


That would almost seem to correlate to mineral levels? Mineral levels should effect antler as well as plasma makeup.

I have never noticed a change from year to year to be honest, I really never paid attention. I have seen some ares that had a tendency to have darker antler than other areas though. Seems that would give some credence to the type tree pitch being used, or maybe the mineral content of the browse, or a combination of factors??


Die young,,,,as old as you can....

"Don't trust everything you read on the Internet"- Abraham Lincoln

Dennis

Re: Antler Color [Re: titan2232] #5982255 10/18/15 05:19 AM
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 9,676
S
S.A. hunter Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
S
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 9,676
Couldn't it just be genetics. I've seen deer with light brown coats, darker coats, and even redish ones. Couldn't it be the same for antlers?

Re: Antler Color [Re: S.A. hunter] #5982322 10/18/15 12:19 PM
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 13,232
D
don k Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
D
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 13,232
Originally Posted By: S.A. hunter
Couldn't it just be genetics. I've seen deer with light brown coats, darker coats, and even redish ones. Couldn't it be the same for antlers?
I also think it has a lot to do with genetics. I have deer with with light and dark antlers. You can usually tell what they are going to be even before they shed the velvet so to me it has nothing to do with what they may have rubbed on.

Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

© 2004-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3