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When do whitetail antlers stop growing?

Question by Lead Curtn. Uploaded on July 12, 2009

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from churro73 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Do you mean when they stop growing like what time of year or season or throughout their life?
It depends on genetics and the nutrients they are getting, I don't think they stop growing because of old age or anything like that but during the year probably around later summer.

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

When my arrow slices through the engine room the growth stops immediately.
Seriously, in my part of the country (central WI) about mid to late August. Most bucks are starting to rub the velvet off which seems to take them about 2 weeks. By the opening of archery - season mid Sept they are sporting polished antlers. A friend shot a trophy class 13 pointer last year first week of Oct still fully in velvet. This an anomaly the deer was apparently injured earlier that year. We believe this caused him to remain in velvet.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

They are at there prime at about 6 1/2 years old, but they might keep growing for a couple more years if they are heathy and have the right food.But most of the bucks get killed when they are 1 1/2 or 2 1/2 years old.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Based on observation probably sometime in August. By then they are about as large as they will get and the antlers harden into bone the last month or so. In KS they rub the velvet off during the first 2 weeks of September. Mature bucks seem to be first. I have seen them with clean antlers running with small bucks still in velvet. Again based on what I have seen. Your area might be different.

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from hunter99 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I agree with churro73, it just depends on what you even asking but he gots it all right i believe if im correct and he is.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

late August usually

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

It varys widely. Whitetails start growing their antlers as soon as they lose their old ones. We see some Whitetails lose them in early January!!!!!!Once the tops of their points start to get more pointed, thats a sign that they are close to full development.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

even older buck grow horn their entire life not much for size thow rudyglove27 i think said it best

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from Big C wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I agree with most of the above that it is probably in mid to late August.

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from maj1996 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

they stop growing in early september.

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from Bowhunterjoe89 wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

"wild" bucks usually are at there biggest rack size at 61/2-71/2. Then because of there teeth degrading, they cant eat as well to get enough nutrients to grow bigger racks. Deer usually die around 9 yrs of age in the wild. velvet usually stops growing mid August- early September.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

It varys widely. Whitetails start growing their antlers as soon as they lose their old ones. We see some Whitetails lose them in early January!!!!!!Once the tops of their points start to get more pointed, thats a sign that they are close to full development.

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from churro73 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Do you mean when they stop growing like what time of year or season or throughout their life?
It depends on genetics and the nutrients they are getting, I don't think they stop growing because of old age or anything like that but during the year probably around later summer.

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

When my arrow slices through the engine room the growth stops immediately.
Seriously, in my part of the country (central WI) about mid to late August. Most bucks are starting to rub the velvet off which seems to take them about 2 weeks. By the opening of archery - season mid Sept they are sporting polished antlers. A friend shot a trophy class 13 pointer last year first week of Oct still fully in velvet. This an anomaly the deer was apparently injured earlier that year. We believe this caused him to remain in velvet.

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from Big C wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I agree with most of the above that it is probably in mid to late August.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

They are at there prime at about 6 1/2 years old, but they might keep growing for a couple more years if they are heathy and have the right food.But most of the bucks get killed when they are 1 1/2 or 2 1/2 years old.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Based on observation probably sometime in August. By then they are about as large as they will get and the antlers harden into bone the last month or so. In KS they rub the velvet off during the first 2 weeks of September. Mature bucks seem to be first. I have seen them with clean antlers running with small bucks still in velvet. Again based on what I have seen. Your area might be different.

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from hunter99 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I agree with churro73, it just depends on what you even asking but he gots it all right i believe if im correct and he is.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

late August usually

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

even older buck grow horn their entire life not much for size thow rudyglove27 i think said it best

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from maj1996 wrote 4 years 39 weeks ago

they stop growing in early september.

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from Bowhunterjoe89 wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

"wild" bucks usually are at there biggest rack size at 61/2-71/2. Then because of there teeth degrading, they cant eat as well to get enough nutrients to grow bigger racks. Deer usually die around 9 yrs of age in the wild. velvet usually stops growing mid August- early September.

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