Ohio Photographer Documents the Long Tine Buck

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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."


Boots's picture


That buck is huge, and you can see that he's about to grow some kickers right by his eye guards.  And those tines are deep.  It's just fun to look at a big deer. 

hunter25's picture

Great story on a great buck.

Great story on a great buck. I had no idea that a buck could change his his rack formation that way. I thought the genes were always consistent from year to year. I have never taken a non typical or a buck in the velvet yet and hope to someday get one of each.

I dream of seeing a buck like this guy come walking out of the trees someday when I actually have a license in my pocket.


WishIWasHunting's picture

Enjoyable article

Great article and great bucks! It would have been nice if they would have included a few more pictures this gentleman has taken over the years. 

I may have to try to get a buck in velvet sometime, but fortunately for me, I think I am a bigger fan of bucks out of velvet rather than in. 

I found it interesting when he talked about the buck that went from having typical to non-typical antlers.  While I did see this somewhat out at my dad's place, I think the typical assumption is that, other than past their peak, any buck you see from one year to the next will look very similar, other than hopefully being a little bit bigger. 

numbnutz's picture

Thats a very nice looking

Thats a very nice looking buck, I would love to see him in the woods. I like long tines and deep forks. If i had to choose between long tines or width I'd go with the long tines. In a perfect world I'd shoot a buck with both.LOL. Hope someone will find those sheds.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Well, as I posted in the

Well, as I posted in the "trophy" thread, I absolutely love long tines. 

I don't need to have a very wide deer, or overly thick, but give me a long tined, dark antlered deer, and I will shoot it right away, no questions asked.

I like the photo of the 2 in velvet.  That one behind is a stud too, and I like all the junk around the bases.  The long tined guy has some junk too.

And I just noticed the guy is from Vermont, and was a partridge hunter.  Sweet. A man after my own heart!!!! Wink

Beauty of a deer!

groovy mike's picture


Nice looking buck!

 A big racked typical is just teh sort of buck I hope for.

jaybe's picture

That is a very interesting

That is a very interesting article! It seems like every time the "experts" think they have the antler thing all figured out, someone else comes along with some new information that throws the old ideas in the trash can.

I am always amazed by that fact about how fast antlers can grow - up to an inch per day! That is truly amazing!

I'm with you guys who say you like long tines. A wide rack may look impressive at first, but if the tines aren't long, it soon loses its interest for me. But give me even a medium spread rack with tall tines, and I can't stop looking at it.