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Antlers dropping here #8534274 02/18/22 01:12 AM
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The back camera just sent me a shot of a buck with one side of his antlers missing. In the past I never have paid much attention as to when they dropped, but the new cameras give me a lot of current info.

Back in NE Louisiana, my cousin could tell me when a buck had dropped antlers - what day and sometimes about what time of day, and he had the data for multiple years. I killed a big 9 pointer there years ago and the cuz gave me a CD with 3000 pictures of that deer over the past years. I appreciated it, but felt a bit sorry I shot the buck.


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I saw my first one drop yesterday. I looked at the deer and though that it didn't look like a doe, the next picture confirmed it with the tarsals. Eventually it got close enough where the IR flash picked up the open wound on its head where the antler once stood.

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I've been getting two on trail camera now for a couple of days.


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Re: Antlers dropping here [Re: 603Country] #8534500 02/18/22 12:20 PM
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Biggest rack fell 2 days ago. The rest are still holding. Colorado Co.


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Menard County, young bucks started dropping in late January, bigger bucks dropping now.

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Knothead with a fork right at base on one side and single other side that turned down and ran down past eye has no headgear this morning. His ears were and still are always flat with no vertical lift (as in the alert position).


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In Robertson county young bucks still have headgear but it wont be long.


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I'm in NW Blanco County and I've found 5 sheds with very little effort. They're definitely dropping early this year.

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Found a fresh shed a couple days ago on the SE side of Houston. (@Work)


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Re: Antlers dropping here [Re: 603Country] #8536997 02/21/22 01:23 PM
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Mills county-we're usually later, but from pics they started 1-2 weeks ago. Saw a huge group yesterday; two had one side, two had full racks, and several were already done.


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They are dropping in Southern Live Oak County. I'd say 10% so far have shed.

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Found 3 this past weekend. Looks like they started dropping about a week ago, from what the cameras show. Walked a bit and will hit it again in a couple of weeks. [Linked Image]
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Here the bigger racks have shed but the youngsters still have theirs. Stephens County.

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Also in Live Oak, and I'd say most of the bucks have shed their antlers, young and old.

Re: Antlers dropping here [Re: 603Country] #8537799 02/22/22 04:20 AM
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Navarro county, haven't seen one shed yet. In years past, I've seen them hold on til March.


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Re: Antlers dropping here [Re: 603Country] #8537922 02/22/22 01:33 PM
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Bucks at my house in far eastern Bexar County are still wearing the headgear and typically do until early-mid March.
At lease in Central Schleicher County we had a couple drop both sides in very early January and one of them was a regular 10 point at my stand I had figured at 4 years old. Funny thing is he was in fantastic body shape the entire season. Now quite a few more are dumping em off the last 2 weeks.


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Spotted a shed on my way to the gym this AM, pulled over and ran to pick it up (this was in my neighborhood in a common area). On my way back from the gym I backtracked from the spot where I found it (making the assumption that it was the second side to drop) and found the other side 200 yard away. I believe these are this buck's sheds, and he's at least 6.5 years old. All other bucks in the area seem to still have antlers. Sorry for the quality of the deer pictures, he's an elusive one and the only shots I have of it are from a longer distance and zoomed in.

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Forgot to mention, this is in northern Williamson Co.


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That's a helluva Williamson County deer!! What would he score with a reasonable spread?

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Heck of a great find exiled!
Did ya add him up yet?


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really cool

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Very nice!


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I rough scored him at 148" this AM, using other similar sized skulls to approximate the placement of the antlers to calculate the spread. Confirmed the biggest set of matched sheds I've ever found, and yes, this is a damn good Williamson Co. buck! I hope he makes it to next year and see what he does!


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Looks bigger than that to me.


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Originally Posted by freerange
Looks bigger than that to me.

Same here Free. I would have guessed easily mid 50s


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