11-07-2009, 05:26 PM
| | Deer antlers are a r
Deer antlers are a relust of the deer's age & diet (protein basically). If you see the relusts of some studies, you can see that, for healthy deer on a good diet, that the antlers get progressively larger for the first 5 yrs (+/-) and then get smaller, if the deer lives that long. Antlers are one of the deer's "mating" mechanisms, in that they use them to attract females & fight other males.There are some studies that show if the deer does not have decent food available, then he'll have smaller or deformed antlers as a relust. (another reason for culling in certain conditions).Deer (white tail) shed their antlers every year (basically at the end of winter / beginning of spring which coincides with the end of mating season. Hope this helps.
Last edited by Irwan; 04-19-2014 at 08:40 AM.