Ohio Photographer Documents the Long Tine Buck
While it's not warm enough to be considered shed hunting season, it's definitely shed dropping season for most North American deer. Cleveland.com has a great story running about Photographer David Dibbell and his quest to document the antler growth of bucks from start to finish. He has a nice set of photos showing a particular buck he dubbed the "Long Tine Buck" that begins when the buck started to bud out and then finishes when he recently dropped his antlers. Mr. Dibbell also makes some interesting observations, such as this one:
The most unusual deer in Dibbell's collection is a non-typical buck that wasn't always that way. Deer have either typical antlers, which are symmetrical, or non-typical antlers, with often bizarre growth patterns and sporting many points.
"There is a buck that had typical 9-point antlers as a 3-year-old," said Dibbell. "Two years ago the deer grew non-typical antlers with 23 points. Last year, he was a non-typical again, but down to 16 points with lots of drop tines. He's a monster, with an antler spread close to three feet."