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How easily can a buck's antlers get knocked off it's head at the base? I have a "large buck only" rule on my farm and I suspect a person shot a basket rack deer and whacked off it's antlers with a rock or something, claiming he thought it was a doe and the antlers must have come off in a fight. I know antlers fall off in early Spring but this was Nov. 15.

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from deerslayer1234 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

no way its antlers have fallen off yet.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I've seen a buck with already cast antlers in early December, and seen a few more whose broke off easily while dragging in that same time frame. But November is really early.

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from MB915 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Only reason he would have dropped them in Nov is if he has some sort of injury. When they are under a lot of stress from an injury, the bucks sometimes will drop them much earlier then normal.

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from WVOtter wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I hit a deer with a slug a couple years ago in early Dec., and as he ran, I shot again to try and finish the job. He tumbled and went down, and when I got to him, one antler was sheered off about half way up. I found it a few paces back with lead fowling on it at the break point. So, if the guess is right, I shot the antler off with a 12 gauge slug, and it was still solid at the base.

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from Bryan01 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I HAVE shot a deer in the middle of November and thought it was a doe, only to discover that one of the antlers was completely broken off and the other main beam was broken off at the brow tine. I assumed that the deer had broken them off fighting due to the diameter of the antlers being small - I had no way of confirming that though

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from jestr1 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Fallin off on its own prob not yet. They can break off in a fight or a fall or an in jury. So yeah they can come off early.

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from huskerguy wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I've shot one where I thought it was a big doe. Turns out one antler was gone at the base and the other was split bout 2 inches up. That was mid November. I'll have to put a pic on here of it.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I've had one deer knock an antler off while running after it was shot. It came off cleanly at the base just like a shed. I've had a couple run into trees and break off tines.

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Small bucks do break off antlers fighting, so it's possible, it's more common to lose one than both.

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from neuman23 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I would check to see how fresh the break was, if its fresh then most likely was the hunter. The deer could have broken them off in any number of ways. For example fighting, or a car accident.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

i hit a deers antlers with my mirror on my car a few weeks a ago i have a 7 of his 8 points the... (kind of ironic) the buck spun around and just ran off i found the antlers about 30yrds from where i hit the deer... his horns cost me $80 i was a little angry about that.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Broken off yes, fell or knocked off (clean base) no. If they broke you'll see a jagged stump not a clean base.

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from theshowmecanuck wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

There is a video on youtube of a buck getting his antlers knocked off in a fight. When it happened it was a WT? moment.

As far as the large buck rule that everyone seems to have, I think it should be changed to smallest buck. The largest bucks are obviously the biggest and fittest. They should be left alone and alive to breed to create a healthier heard. If the younger one's can get through all the hunting seasons to get big and breed, they should then be left alone to make strong deer.

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from deerslayer1234 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

no way its antlers have fallen off yet.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I've seen a buck with already cast antlers in early December, and seen a few more whose broke off easily while dragging in that same time frame. But November is really early.

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from MB915 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Only reason he would have dropped them in Nov is if he has some sort of injury. When they are under a lot of stress from an injury, the bucks sometimes will drop them much earlier then normal.

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from WVOtter wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I hit a deer with a slug a couple years ago in early Dec., and as he ran, I shot again to try and finish the job. He tumbled and went down, and when I got to him, one antler was sheered off about half way up. I found it a few paces back with lead fowling on it at the break point. So, if the guess is right, I shot the antler off with a 12 gauge slug, and it was still solid at the base.

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from Bryan01 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I HAVE shot a deer in the middle of November and thought it was a doe, only to discover that one of the antlers was completely broken off and the other main beam was broken off at the brow tine. I assumed that the deer had broken them off fighting due to the diameter of the antlers being small - I had no way of confirming that though

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from jestr1 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Fallin off on its own prob not yet. They can break off in a fight or a fall or an in jury. So yeah they can come off early.

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from huskerguy wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I've shot one where I thought it was a big doe. Turns out one antler was gone at the base and the other was split bout 2 inches up. That was mid November. I'll have to put a pic on here of it.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I've had one deer knock an antler off while running after it was shot. It came off cleanly at the base just like a shed. I've had a couple run into trees and break off tines.

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

Small bucks do break off antlers fighting, so it's possible, it's more common to lose one than both.

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from neuman23 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I would check to see how fresh the break was, if its fresh then most likely was the hunter. The deer could have broken them off in any number of ways. For example fighting, or a car accident.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

i hit a deers antlers with my mirror on my car a few weeks a ago i have a 7 of his 8 points the... (kind of ironic) the buck spun around and just ran off i found the antlers about 30yrds from where i hit the deer... his horns cost me $80 i was a little angry about that.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Broken off yes, fell or knocked off (clean base) no. If they broke you'll see a jagged stump not a clean base.

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from theshowmecanuck wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

There is a video on youtube of a buck getting his antlers knocked off in a fight. When it happened it was a WT? moment.

As far as the large buck rule that everyone seems to have, I think it should be changed to smallest buck. The largest bucks are obviously the biggest and fittest. They should be left alone and alive to breed to create a healthier heard. If the younger one's can get through all the hunting seasons to get big and breed, they should then be left alone to make strong deer.

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