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Antler growth

What is every ones take on antler growth?

How long do they grow for?

Can feeding or minerals really help grow a bigger buck?

Just looking for what every one thinks?

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Growth

Here in Iowa by the end of July they are at about 90% complete and of course you can grow bigger deer with feed and supplements.  They are growing like crazy here right now.

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I believe that they'll be

I believe that they'll be done growing around the middle of August and a lot of them will be rubbed off by the first of September but it all depends.  As far as what grows big antlers, it is a combination of a lot of things.  First off they need the genes good food and minerals don't hurt either.  So a wet year with a lot of feed should show good antler growth.

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Critter wrote:

I believe that they'll be done growing around the middle of August and a lot of them will be rubbed off by the first of September but it all depends.  As far as what grows big antlers, it is a combination of a lot of things.  First off they need the genes good food and minerals don't hurt either.  So a wet year with a lot of feed should show good antler growth.

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I believe that they'll be done growing around the middle of August and a lot of them will be rubbed off by the first of September but it all depends.  As far as what grows big antlers, it is a combination of a lot of things.  First off they need the genes good food and minerals don't hurt either.  So a wet year with a lot of feed should show good antler growth.

Ya I'm see that here with all the rain we've had this year, from what I've seen here in June it looks like we could have some really good bucks coming out of Saskatchewan. My cam's haven't produced what I'm looking for yet but confident they will show up!
I talked to a wild life biologist and he was telling me that as long as there is Velvet and blood in there antlers there is still some growth happening even in August when its really slowed down.

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I believe that every buck is

I believe that every buck is different as far as rate of growth, so it's hard to say that they are at a certain percentile of their finished antlers.  I took a drive around glassing bucks the other night and some of those bucks look like they are fully developed and will probably only add a few inches, others looked like they may explode in the next few weeks and there would be no way to tell right now just how big they will get.

Minerals and feed certainly play a role in antler size too, but I think that the previous winter and the deers health going into that winter play more of a role that any other factor.  Mild winters with plenty of feed will produce awesome antlers, harsh winters with limited quality feed will lead to smaller racks.  The minerals don't really come into play until the bucks are darn near finished growing their headgear anyway, as they use calcium reserves from the bones in their body to produce their antlers.  Then in late july/august they will pound the minerals to replenish the structural bones that they depleted during antler growth. 

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Antlers here will grown

Antlers here will grown through the first of September with velvet shedding soometime between sept 1st and the 15th. Antler growth slows in August and it seems the growth is more in mass than anything. Mineral supplements are good if a deer needs them. Otherwise it goes in the front and out the rear. I have read you really can't do much of anything with minerals. I dunno. But if you read the package of most commercial minerals it's mostly salt. And that's no good for anything except trail cam pics. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against mineral feeding, I actually have a couple licks on the farm, I just think it's highly overrated. The best thing you can do for larger horned bucks is let them get some age on them.

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I think it varies from year

I think it varies from year to year, especially with the weather.  Usually the horns are dropped here by mid march at the latest, but I saw one while turkey scouting this year in April that was still hard as bone......

Our bow season starts the first weekend in September, and you see the rare buck that is still in velvet, but almost every one has shed it by then.

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All I know is they can grow

All I know is they can grow up until they shed their velvet. I saw an article once that said their approximate growing time is around 120 days.

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That would make sense...

That would make sense... April to August, give or take.......

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