Would love to hear from much more experienced hunters- is there a chance this young buck will end up with a similar rack next season or is there a chance that he will grow out of them. Seems like most believe “once a cull, always a cull”. Nobody wants bad genes reproducing, but are there scenarios that would change that view?
For the record, this guy is on small low fence property (250ish acres). He also never showed up in a situation where he could have been shot.
I’m not wanting to address that one buck but in general on similar bucks I suggest you look up “spike on one side”. National Deer Association article I think. Basically it says it’s not genetic. Could be injury but main premise of study calls it “dirty shedding”. That means one side did not drop off cleanly. When it grew back there was no room to grow normal. Could stay that way every year or could grow back normal. I’ve personally seen one grow back normal and big. There is a GREAT thread on here from a couple years ago that gets into it with a buncha pics. The thread is worth reading anyway for any deer manager. It’s called Management Bucks, or something, summer 2020 maybe. https://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/7875498/re-management-bucks#Post7875498
Last edited by freerange; 01/10/2302:28 AM.
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Injury IMO, looks like that right eye might not be in good shape either. I have killed several that it was damage to the pedestal causing a freak on one side. One that looked similar to the one in this photo. Like others said not exactly a youngster
Will post a pic of a 5X1 elk sometime when I dig it out again.
Last edited by kmon11; 01/10/2302:45 AM.
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I’ll try to find some other pictures. I had more but I switched SD cards and the current card didn’t have a lot of pictures of him. I actually had read an article covering the how/why abnormal antlers occur, but I just didn’t know if I could pinpoint any of them. I thought the eye looked a little hazy, but wasn’t sure if it was just that picture. Thanks for all the insight all. Learning something every day in here!