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Offline boneaddict

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Re: Buck already shed antlers.
« Reply #25 on: December 09, 2015, 07:18:15 AM »
Almost everything was one to two weeks early this year through the whole cycle.  Even stuff that is often due to photo period.  I guess this would just be wrapping up the cycle.

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Re: Buck already shed antlers.
« Reply #26 on: December 09, 2015, 07:26:59 AM »
It was a doe

Not a doe. He was 25 yards out my window for 10 minutes. I seen pedicles. Definitely buck. If not I'm going to quit hunting because I have no idea what a buck is lol.

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Re: Buck already shed antlers.
« Reply #27 on: December 09, 2015, 08:26:01 AM »
I once shot a huge blacktail 2 hours drive from mount Vernon. In Winthrop. Pure "Columbian blacktail".  :IBCOOL:

The proof is in the smell.  If'n you are endowed with a Twisted Horn Western Extreme Deer Sniffer that will be the determining factor whether it is a pure Columbian blacktail or not.  Be forewarned, it takes years of hunting blacktails in Tillamook Oregon to properly calibrate a Twisted Horn Western Extreme Deer Sniffer. 
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Re: Buck already shed antlers.
« Reply #28 on: December 09, 2015, 09:09:33 AM »
I dont remember the exact date, but several years ago I found a fresh 2 point in vail around thanksgiving. Also f a small fresh fork, around this time in december. Have heard plenty of stories of "antlerless" bucks shot in mid to late december. 

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Re: Buck already shed antlers.
« Reply #29 on: December 09, 2015, 10:25:26 AM »
The earliest I've seen mule deer shed antlers in Chelan County was December 23.  When I worked in Wyoming, I had a hunter show me ATL pics of his Black Hills whitetail buck shot Thanksgiving weekend - the antlers popped off when the buck hit the ground, bloody bases and pedicels.
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Buck already shed antlers.
« Reply #30 on: December 09, 2015, 12:40:45 PM »
What causes deer to lose their antlers is hormones that are released/regulated by the amount of daylight. The shortest day of the year is Dec 22, and as each deer is affected a little differently, there can be a wide range in when their antlers drop. It can also chance from year to year. I also suspect it can have something to do with how much sex the buck is getting as this will also affect hormones.  Here's a good article about antlers dropping.

https://www.qdma.com/articles/causes-of-early-antler-casting
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Re: Buck already shed antlers.
« Reply #31 on: December 09, 2015, 12:54:42 PM »
You suspect it can have something to do with how much sex the buck is getting? now that's funny sitka bt :chuckle: I still say it's got something to do with global warming and always will :tup:
NATURE HAS A WAY

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Re: Buck already shed antlers.
« Reply #32 on: December 09, 2015, 01:02:15 PM »
While I dont think its the main factor, I certainly think it plays a role. IMO, the only constant is photoperiod in the deers life cycle. Which is why in any given region you will have certain times when things will be happening affecting animals in that particualr region. November always has rutting bucks, september always has rutting bulls.  A couple weeks this way or that way, can be swayed by so many factors it makes my head spin, but is alot of fun to think about.

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Re: Buck already shed antlers.
« Reply #33 on: December 20, 2015, 07:52:03 PM »
Following a big burn in the Entiat Valley we did a lot of feeding and those bucks that frequented the feed did not drop their antlers until February.
Normally we expect the shed to begin in late December and end by late January.  Nutrition may have something to do with shed timing.

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Re: Buck already shed antlers.
« Reply #34 on: December 21, 2015, 07:16:10 AM »
Seen one that had dropped both sides and one that had dropped one this weekend.  Mule deer, up north

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Re: Buck already shed antlers.
« Reply #35 on: December 21, 2015, 02:15:42 PM »
Island blacktail shed still had a lil blood on the base

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Re: Buck already shed antlers.
« Reply #36 on: December 21, 2015, 02:34:23 PM »
Did someone say sheds  :drool: I guess I better start looking.
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