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Old 10-02-2022, 08:45 PM   #1
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The first picture is from last year. I looked for this buck but never could find him. When he showed back up I noticed his left side is a fair amount smaller than last year. Is it most likely due to the drought or the wound on on his right haunch? In the face on picture his left side tines look blunted at the tips. Could it be damage while in velvet? Thanks for your thoughts.
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Old 10-02-2022, 08:50 PM   #2
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My guess is only as good as the next guys (probably worse honestly lol), but my thought would be due to the drought. I remember reading a report from TPWD not too long ago that said to expect below average antler growth/status this year due to the weather conditions we had earlier this year.
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Old 10-02-2022, 08:56 PM   #3
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Either bad genes or that big scar on his rump………if in fact that is a big scar on his rump in the last pic
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Old 10-02-2022, 08:57 PM   #4
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I would also think drought or just old going down hill.
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Old 10-02-2022, 09:21 PM   #5
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brokeno, I had wondered that too. Maybe just passed his prime.

I shot at him on opening morning but my arrow hit a limb and I missed high way over his back.
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Old 10-02-2022, 09:47 PM   #6
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Old deer.
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Old 10-02-2022, 09:50 PM   #7
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He also didn’t scrape off all of his velvet. Don’t know if that speaks to anything.
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Old 10-02-2022, 09:56 PM   #8
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I am going with injury to right ham and poor range conditions (drought)
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Old 10-02-2022, 10:45 PM   #9
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If it is the wound and it heals will it still affect his antlers? I’m wondering if I should give home a pass until next year.
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Old 10-02-2022, 10:48 PM   #10
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Not every buck will grow into a 150+ plus if you let ‘em go another year. He’s maxed his genetic potential.
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Old 10-02-2022, 10:53 PM   #11
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He suffered a severe injury to the back of his right hind quarter it appears.
The opposite side antler growth was affected.. It's a normal reaction to an injury.
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Old 10-02-2022, 10:53 PM   #12
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If it is the wound and it heals will it still affect his antlers? I’m wondering if I should give home a pass until next year.
Yes
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Old 10-03-2022, 08:23 AM   #13
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Not every buck will grow into a 150+ plus if you let ‘em go another year. He’s maxed his genetic potential.
Agreed. If he’s mature, I d shoot him now. If he’s is less than 5/6, I d shoot a doe instead.

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Old 10-03-2022, 03:00 PM   #14
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I’m not asking why he isn’t bigger, if he were the same I’d be fine with that. I’m asking why he is smaller.

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Old 10-03-2022, 03:03 PM   #15
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I’m not asking why he isn’t bigger. I’m asking why he is smaller.
Because he's able to process less and less nutrition to grow his antlers as he ages. He's using everything he's eating to maintain his body. Antler growth is secondary at this point in his advanced age. Then on top of that you add an injury and drought. That's the recipe for a smaller rack.

Think of it like the human life cycle. Your body begins to process food sources more and more inefficiently as you age. Therefore, things are affected by that like muscle mass for instance.

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Old 10-03-2022, 03:30 PM   #16
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at least half of the bucks on my lease are smaller this year than they were last year. probably closer to 75%.

11's to 9's, 10's to 8's, deer that had splits and forks last year are slick this year.

I saw some improvements with the younger deer, and some deer made jumps like they often do going from 3-4, or 4-5. but the ones I was hoping we shot this year are almost all down.

just a side effect from the drought.
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Old 10-03-2022, 03:49 PM   #17
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Just an old deer in my opinion. He’s not getting any better than he is now.
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Old 10-03-2022, 04:23 PM   #18
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Most of Texas was and still is in a MAJOR drought this year. All of our deer are pretty much the same or worse than last year. Now if you were feeding protein all year, then changes things a little.
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Old 10-04-2022, 05:32 AM   #19
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He's looks very old to me.
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Old 10-04-2022, 07:16 AM   #20
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Is he mature?…….yes.
Was he wounded on his right hind quarter? ……..yes.


That’s all I got.


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Old 10-04-2022, 07:31 AM   #21
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at least half of the bucks on my lease are smaller this year than they were last year. probably closer to 75%.

11's to 9's, 10's to 8's, deer that had splits and forks last year are slick this year.

I saw some improvements with the younger deer, and some deer made jumps like they often do going from 3-4, or 4-5. but the ones I was hoping we shot this year are almost all down.

just a side effect from the drought.
Mostly what we have seen as well. We had about 7-8 bucks that we passed last year that should have been some nice deer this year. Almost all of them are downhill from last a few have thrown some kickers or drops but overall downhill. They will all be getting a pass in hopes of some good rain next year.
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Old 10-04-2022, 08:06 AM   #22
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He’s hit the trifecta this year.

Old, injured, and drought suffered.

That’s a recipe for smaller antlers.

Many of my bucks I’ve been watching over the years have regressed in their antler development this year due to drought. Some of the older ones and a few fawns died because of it.
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