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Antlers and Old Age or ?

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.

 

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It would suprise me, I shot a

It would suprise me, I shot a huge body blacktail bout 10 yrs ago and same thing it had "Y" shape antlers but they were tall and thick. I pulled a tooth and gave it to odfw they sent me a card saying the deer was 7yrs old.

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It would suprise me, I shot a

Interesting, these were tall and pretty thick as well. I guess what got me was how straight up they were too if you know what I mean.

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It could be that it was an

It could be that it was an older deer or just a deer with those kinds of genes. I have seen two giant 2 points in my life, one was around 34" wide.

Her is a 9 1/2 year (tooth aged by DOW) old mule deer taken by my neighbor kid Frank. Just a 2x3 with browetines and a huge body.

 

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It could be that it was an

Hey, thanks for the pictures. I've seen some two points before, even some sheds, but nothing quite like I saw in this guy, LOL.

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I agree it is hard to tell a

I agree it is hard to tell a deers age just by its antlers.  You can guess if you can see some gray hairs where it should be black or brown but that is about it.  A good friend of mine in Green River, Utah shot a 33 inch 2 point along the river one year and the dow figured that the deer was around 4 or 5 years old. 

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I agree it is hard to tell a

Yeah, I wouldn't have a clue as to it's age, only that it was a large mature deer. I'm not good at guessing inch spread, but it wasn't wide like I've seen before, and were pretty much straight up so to say, kind of like an Antelopes LOL.

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2009 AZ forky

Heres a big fork my friends wife shot just before dark on the first day rifle season 2009, just south of phoenix.

 

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2009 AZ forky

Wow, that's a big wide forky; nice picture. Maybe it's food availability for these desert Mulies depending on rainfall as well? Like I mentioned above, this one had antlers kind of like an Antelope in how they went up without that curling out spread if you know what I mean. Just kinda' weird to me, LOL.

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