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Old 10-18-2021, 09:29 AM   #1
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I'm pretty positive I have 2 bucks on camera that didn't grown horns this year. All other bucks are hard horned....dates on pictures are accurate.

And no, they aren't nubbin bucks. Their bodies are way too big to be this year's fawns.

They both look like they just dropped their antlers and they are beginning to grow, but the pics are from late September so that is impossible.

Ever heard of this?
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:36 AM   #2
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If those dates are correct, it certainly appears that is the case. 1 is strange, 2 is getting weird.
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:37 AM   #3
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Any pics of them with other bucks? Any chance someone is yanking your chain?
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:38 AM   #4
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Wow. Sure looks like it.
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:58 AM   #5
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That’s very odd, it is 2021 so anything’s possible at this point.
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Old 10-18-2021, 10:01 AM   #6
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Maybe they voted for Hillary and that was their warning.
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Old 10-18-2021, 10:02 AM   #7
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Old 10-18-2021, 10:02 AM   #8
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Who voted for killery?
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Old 10-18-2021, 10:02 AM   #9
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Any pics of them with other bucks? Any chance someone is yanking your chain?
I'm confident no one is doing that. I keep my cams locked. Plus, a prankster would have put a pic of a giant deer, or bigfoot, or a leopard. Not a buck that didn't grown horns...I'd think.

I had plenty of pics of them with other deer...both does and bucks, but I only saved these from the camera.
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Old 10-18-2021, 10:03 AM   #10
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Who voted for killery?

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Old 10-18-2021, 10:04 AM   #11
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Identifying as a doe for sure!
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Old 10-18-2021, 10:04 AM   #12
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Maybe he got hit by a car or something and had them knocked off? Very strange, but I'd think that is a lot of meat to fill an antlerless tag with!
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Old 10-18-2021, 10:13 AM   #13
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Definitely strange. Maybe a local wildlife biologist could give you some information to the reason this would happen. Or Hillary is sending yall a message
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Old 10-18-2021, 11:16 AM   #14
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in mcmullen county there has been 3 different times over a 20 year period where we had a hand full of mature bucks that grew 4"-8" spikes that stayed in velvet all season. At first some of them got shot at culls, but then one of the spikes was recognized because of his split ear and overall facial features etc. So all the old spikes where given a pass that season and the next year they returned to their normal antler growing. The buck with the split year was killed 2 years latter and scored in the 160"s.

The best guess that some biologist could come up with is that there was some weed that grew those years that the deer ate and stunted their horns because it affected their testosterone. It was a really wet spring all of those years and that weed only grows every few years and in really wet years.
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Old 10-18-2021, 11:31 AM   #15
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Beginning stages of gender change???
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Old 10-18-2021, 11:33 AM   #16
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Never seen that before.
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Old 10-18-2021, 11:36 AM   #17
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Maybe he got hit by a car or something and had them knocked off? Very strange, but I'd think that is a lot of meat to fill an antlerless tag with!
Looks like the ears got knocked off along with the horns on the one in the first pic!
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Old 10-18-2021, 11:44 AM   #18
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I wonder if the freeze had anything to do with it? It seems to have effected a lot of the axis in the hill country.
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Old 10-18-2021, 11:55 AM   #19
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Old 10-18-2021, 11:57 AM   #20
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Photoshopped!! Stop playin!!!

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Old 10-18-2021, 12:26 PM   #21
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Looks like the ears got knocked off along with the horns on the one in the first pic!
Looks like he took a frisbee to the scalp at some point.
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Old 10-18-2021, 12:51 PM   #22
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We had several (“mulies” as we call em) 15 years ago but weeded them out. Nothing but skin on their head.
One of my buddies shot his first buck on my place...it identified as a doe


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Old 10-18-2021, 12:56 PM   #23
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Did you pull the pics off your camera or someone sent you the pics? Answer to this question will explain it
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Old 10-18-2021, 01:00 PM   #24
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Looks like a really bad photoshop job
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Old 10-18-2021, 01:02 PM   #25
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Looks like a really bad photoshop job
That was my first thought
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Old 10-18-2021, 01:37 PM   #26
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I 100% pulled them from my camera and am positive they are not photoshop. If I had talent enough to be good at photoshop I wouldn’t be wasting my time posting deer without antlers.


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Old 10-18-2021, 01:38 PM   #27
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I 100% pulled them from my camera and am positive they are not photoshop. If I had talent enough to be good at photoshop I wouldn’t be wasting my time posting deer without antlers.


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Dang, I don't know then. Strange for sure. Maybe Jenner disease?
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Old 10-18-2021, 01:41 PM   #28
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I wonder if the freeze had anything to do with it? It seems to have effected a lot of the axis in the hill country.

That is an interesting thought.

I’m also wondering if they are “steers” but there weren’t any pictures that showed either way.


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Old 10-18-2021, 01:43 PM   #29
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I 100% pulled them from my camera and am positive they are not photoshop. If I had talent enough to be good at photoshop I wouldn’t be wasting my time posting deer without antlers.


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I didn’t think PS till the one with half his ear cut off lol.

Only pics you’ve had of them?
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Old 10-18-2021, 01:46 PM   #30
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Dang, I don't know then. Strange for sure. Maybe Jenner disease?
Bahahahahahahahahaha
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Old 10-18-2021, 02:02 PM   #31
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I didn’t think PS till the one with half his ear cut off lol.

Only pics you’ve had of them?
I really don't think his ear is missing. I think it is just the angle of the ear when the picture took...I don't recall a missing ear in any of the other pictures. One did have a gash in the ear, though.

There were probably 12-15 pics of them. I only saved the 3 best ones. Likely i'll have more the next time I go to the lease. Will update if I get more.
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Old 10-18-2021, 02:04 PM   #32
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I really don't think his ear is missing. I think it is just the angle of the ear when the picture took...I don't recall a missing ear in any of the other pictures. One did have a gash in the ear, though.

There were probably 12-15 pics of them. I only saved the 3 best ones. Likely i'll have more the next time I go to the lease. Will update if I get more.
If you don’t see em again I’m in the “you got punked” crowd lol.

But. I’m real curious how this stuff happens. I guess I should be happy with my baby hill country small racked bucks. Better than no horns!

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Old 10-18-2021, 02:06 PM   #33
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Strange.
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Old 10-18-2021, 02:09 PM   #34
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More proof: Covid effects everybody differently.
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Old 10-18-2021, 02:15 PM   #35
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It happens in Llano. All of the bucks with velvet horns were stags. We had them with a glob to full eight point racks. I shot 3 or 4 of them. My largest was a 12 pointer.
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Old 10-18-2021, 03:29 PM   #36
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No whitetail deer has horns FYI


* I have to say something because I call them horns sometimes and am always corrected LOL
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Old 10-18-2021, 03:37 PM   #37
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I have seen this on my place. One 7 yr old last year had nubs and all yrs before had a 10 pt frame. This year he grew a normal rack. I believe it is a testosterone imbalance.
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Old 10-18-2021, 03:48 PM   #38
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No deer grow “horns”.
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Old 10-18-2021, 05:07 PM   #39
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I've seen this once it was a very old buck on the decline. Was a 10 pt then a nub then a smaller 9 pt. Was probably ages 9-11 for him. He was culled out that year.
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Old 10-18-2021, 05:43 PM   #40
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I have seen this on my place. One 7 yr old last year had nubs and all yrs before had a 10 pt frame. This year he grew a normal rack. I believe it is a testosterone imbalance.

Understood. Seems a cple guys have seen this over the years on different places. I wanna get more pics.


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Old 10-18-2021, 05:57 PM   #41
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Maybe they went to Leon’s Dr?
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Old 10-18-2021, 06:21 PM   #42
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One of the bucks has a huge split ear, maybe you can go back to last years pics and see if you can indentify him
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:18 PM   #43
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:45 PM   #44
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Lease mate having fun. JMO!
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:47 PM   #45
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Lay off the cottonseed. Lol.
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Old 10-19-2021, 08:55 AM   #46
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Old 10-19-2021, 11:51 AM   #47
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Lease mate having fun. JMO!
As stated before:

1. I lock my camera
2. It would make sense if it were a GIANT buck, or Bigfoot, or a leopard....not a buck missing antlers.
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Old 10-25-2021, 12:11 PM   #49
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went back to the lease this weekend. Got more pics of the buck with no horns for the DB's that claimed it was photoshopped. They are starting to grow but extremely late. Included a pic of him with a cull 8 point to show the difference.


Dates and times are correct but pictures aren't in order
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Old 10-25-2021, 12:12 PM   #50
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