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Question by thunderdog512. Uploaded on March 11, 2011
1. Why do bucks shed their antlers?
Ask either God or a game biologist.
2. And do they choose when they come off or do they just fall off?
They just fall off or the deer knock them off.
3. or is it a bit of both?
Ask the deer. LOL!!!
Bucks actually shed their antlers because of a loss of testosterone. This hormone loss causes the loss of a layer of tissue between the base of the antler and the pedicle which allows the antler to drop. This means that the antlers just come off.
it depends if a buck is in bad heath he'll lose his horns or if he has infection in his head he'll lose his horns or if he's just real sick. and antlercrazy is right some do lose them because of a loss of testosterome and some lose them because their new anlters push the old ones out it means their healthy but it screws the growth for the next set of antlers. or they get their horns ripped off fighting
Like antlercrazy said, it has to do with the bucks testosterone level. They will typically drop their antlers after all the does in their area have been bred. Some bucks will never even grow a rack if their “manhood” are damaged when their young, and vise versa a mature buck will not shed his rack or it may stay in velvet and not harden if he damages his “manhood.” As far as them choosing when they come off Im not sure, but they do know when they no longer have their antlers.
I think losing the antlers is just like losing a tooth when you're a kid. It will just fall out on its own, but it gets annoying and we sometimes help the process.
antlercrazy got it right
A nurse that works with me showed me a picture of a box full of good to huge mule deers "drops". I asked her when she had started looking for sheds. She replied that all she did was put a basket of apples under the wooden picnic table in her back yard. The bucks would stick their heads between the built in benches and the table top and off comes the antlers as they reach for an apple. After the happy but bald bucks leave she waltzes out to gather her crop of antlers every morning. Nothing to do with answering your question but I was always amused at her cleverness.
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