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Old 01-05-2022, 01:36 PM   #1
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I am sure this has already been brought up. But I have 1 buck at the property that has already dropped one antler. First saw him with only one side about 3 weeks ago and saw him again this weekend.

Saw him at 30 yards and it looks to be smooth and not broken. Anyone else seeing their bucks drop really early?
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Old 01-05-2022, 01:48 PM   #2
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Yep. I have one that shed dec 23rd. Happens every year
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Old 01-05-2022, 01:53 PM   #3
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Weather related
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Old 01-05-2022, 02:17 PM   #4
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I wonder if its a function of their birthday? Perhaps does bred early have early births which leads to early shedding of their buck babies?
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Old 01-05-2022, 02:19 PM   #5
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No...testosterone related. Just like people, some deer run out of T earlier. Older deer are more likely to shed early but I have seen 3 year olds shed in Dec as well after a strong rut.
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Old 01-05-2022, 02:19 PM   #6
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I wonder if its a function of their birthday? Perhaps does bred early have early births which leads to early shedding of their buck babies?
Nope. All hormones.
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Old 01-05-2022, 02:21 PM   #7
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We have a few that have dropped. Some just one side some both. Already found these from one deer.



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Old 01-05-2022, 02:21 PM   #8
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Our deer generally don't drop until March
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Old 01-05-2022, 02:28 PM   #9
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Injured or sick deer almost always drop early
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Old 01-05-2022, 02:57 PM   #10
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Last year I saw 2 year olds dropped before does and spikes wonder how many get shot and what a warden says. I guess it technically is antlerless
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Old 01-05-2022, 03:05 PM   #11
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If only one side drops it’s from climate change.
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Old 01-05-2022, 04:33 PM   #12
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I figured it was something to do with the weather or something and not health as the deer looked to be in great shape.
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Old 01-05-2022, 05:32 PM   #13
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I found one side on the ground to a buck I call Velvet 10 this past Saturday. On the camera he shed on 12/27/2021.
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Old 01-05-2022, 07:27 PM   #14
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Totally normal. Happens every single year. We usually see one or two around Christmas time that have shed.
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Old 01-05-2022, 07:41 PM   #15
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Totally normal. Happens every single year. We usually see one or two around Christmas time that have shed.

Absolutely. I have posted threads about it several years in the past.
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Old 01-05-2022, 07:47 PM   #16
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I found one side on the ground to a buck I call Velvet 10 this past Saturday. On the camera he shed on 12/27/2021.
Thatís gonna be a goodun!
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Old 01-05-2022, 07:49 PM   #17
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Bucks I saw around the house today still got their racks.

One got on a doe down by the pond.

I guess they ainít done rutting yet.


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Old 01-05-2022, 08:42 PM   #18
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Thatís gonna be a goodun!
Thanks. This year was his best rack so far. He normally hangs on to his velvet late into bow season.

We typically have a few that shed in January but the majority of our bucks shed around that 2nd week of March timeframe.
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Old 01-06-2022, 02:19 PM   #19
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If he looked healthy, I wouldn't worry about it. Some deer just drop early, just like some does cycle early.

We've got an 8+ year old running around that's on a way earlier cycle than everything else. He usually sheds the first week of January. He also grows way ahead of everyone too and will be done growing before the end of July. He makes everything else look bad during the first few weeks of summer protein pics, then he gets done growing and the rest keep going.

We have another 7 YO buck that keeps his horns until almost April. Same property.

I know of a ranch that had a 200" deer shed right after Christmas last year, then got shot as a doe a week or two later. The timing can definitely cause problems.
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Old 01-06-2022, 10:14 PM   #20
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I hunt Southeast Ok. My #1 shooter was coming back around after they logged our place. On the 20th he was at the feeder before dark. the next day missing one side and the next both sides gone. On to #2 on list. Showed up while i was in the stand on the 27th and was missing one side. I haven't gotten pics of a buck with horns since the 30th.
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Old 01-06-2022, 11:20 PM   #21
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My target buck this season got that way because he shed before Christmas in 2020 so I had to put it off. I wish I hadnít though because someone else ended up killing him this year.
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Old 01-08-2022, 05:27 PM   #22
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I found one side on the ground to a buck I call Velvet 10 this past Saturday. On the camera he shed on 12/27/2021.
I found the other side to Velvet 10 today outside my protein feed pen. Very happy to have been able to find both sides. Heís always been a 10 but this year he was almost a 14. He broke off his left g2 kicker when he was in velvet.
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Old 01-08-2022, 05:28 PM   #23
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Ive gotten a lot that have dropped this year
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Old 01-14-2022, 07:47 AM   #24
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I got a picture of a deer that dropped both sides between yesterday morning and last night
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Old 01-14-2022, 07:58 AM   #25
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I’ve been seeing several “half rack” bucks on camera
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Old 01-14-2022, 02:19 PM   #26
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I found my first shed last week. Im in Gonzales county.
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Old 01-14-2022, 02:22 PM   #27
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If the bucks here don't quit fighting and breaking everything off, there won't be anything left to shed.
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Old 01-16-2022, 08:50 PM   #28
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I think all of my mature bucks shed in early October or turned into armadillos.
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Old 01-20-2022, 02:38 PM   #29
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I had no idea some deer shed that early.
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Old 01-20-2022, 02:42 PM   #30
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Holy Crap. That's a Monster. Very nice
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Old 01-20-2022, 02:44 PM   #31
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I think all of my mature bucks shed in early October or turned into armadillos.
Same here. Got 3 days and the weather has turned to Crap.
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Old 01-24-2022, 06:19 PM   #32
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That mofo doesn't look like he has low T!
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Old 01-24-2022, 06:19 PM   #33
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I mean the buck. Haha.
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Old 01-24-2022, 06:20 PM   #34
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I think all of my mature bucks shed in early October or turned into armadillos.
I think all the neighbors shot all of our hours.
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