I was reading elsewhere in here about deer antler growth etc., and it reminded me of a Mule deer I tried to put the move on some years ago. I was bowhunting in a desert area here in Arizona during the December/January time frame and came across several nice bucks with does. One of them caught my eye and at first I thought they were playing tricks on me. This buck had a set of tall antlers that were like two large "Y"'s on each side, and nothing else. They were like two perfect "Y"s sticking straight up I swear, LOL.
The spread was not particularly large, but the tines were long, equal, and altogether tall. After an hour or so of stalking, and getting a much closer look, I'm sure they were not broken from fighting, and besides the odds of breaking both exactly the same, and cleanly, seems pretty remote to me. I asked around afterwards, and a few people said it was probably from age, and that he must have been pretty old, lacking the ability to fully form antlers anymore? Didn't seem to have a problem attracting or keeping Does though, ha! He was of good size, looked mature, but never saw him again, or anything quite like it since.
What do you guys think? Old age... or I'm tripping, LOL.