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Are those antlers droppin yet!?

Has anyone noticed deer and elk dropping antlers yet?

Anyone have experience when moose drop theirs? I've been reading papers and asking around and everything that I am gathering is that they drop earlier... makes sense I guess. But I have no on the ground experience with moose drop dates.

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Had two small bucks pushing

Had two small bucks pushing each other around in the back yard late last night so I would guess not on them anyway. I've not ben able to get out much to look around anywhere else though.

A few years back we had a moose in town in late December that had already lost it's antlers. I would have thought that was way to early but the DOW put an article in the paper confirming it.

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Deer antlers should just be

Deer antlers should just be about all gone.  A friend of mine watched a nice 4x4 drop his two weeks ago so there may still be some out there with them but don't expect to see any.  Another friend in Utah picked up a set of moose antlers on his property three weeks ago so weather they dropped early or late but I would suspect that they are off by now.  Elk on the otherhand is a good question.  I have seen 5x5 bulls with their antlers still in the middle of April and I have also seen new growth on elk around the same time while I have been turkey hunting.   

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yes

I've been doing a lot of winter scouting and yes, the deer are mostly done.  Only a few yearlings with antlers still.  The elk I've seen mostly had antlers still

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Good point, the 2 I saw last

Good point, the 2 I saw last night were both 2 pointers but it was the antlers clacking together in the dark that let me know they were there.

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Thanks for the info guys. I

Thanks for the info guys. I think I am going to try and make a trip to the hills this weekend to maybe pick up a couple pieces of lost head gear.... combine it with a little turkey scouting.

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Well, my buddies have found

Well, my buddies have found tons of sheds this year already on the east coast. 

However, the deer here in So Cal are still holding, for the most part.

It just depends on wehre you are located.

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Deer are sheding

My brother went up last Friday and seen a nice 180 class buck still holding onto his antlers. The deer are sheding , but the elk will not drop until April. As far as the moose they shed as early as December.

Good luck hawkeye and I hope to start getting out there maybe even this weekend. Thumbs up

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We saw some elk yesterday up

We saw some elk yesterday up in RMNP that had dropped some!

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No proof

I don't have any proof of this, but I tend to think animals shed more quickly in colder climates.  The deer on the east side of Washington tend to drop earlier than those on the West side where it's warmer.  The best way we find sheds in going to areas that deer winter over.... which leads me to believe they drop their headgear before heading back to spring grounds.

By the way, how fast do antlers grow back???

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I have seen them here in

I have seen them here in southern California as late as March when i was scouting for turkeys. 

However, when I was actually hunting for turkeys, in the first week of May, I stumbled upon a bachelor herd of bucks that already had antlers over and outside their ears by 6 inches.

That gives you an idea of how fast they grow.  It is said that antlers are one of the fastest growing things in nature, at times growing as fast as an inch a day. 

So if you see a bald headed buck today, in one week you could see antlers to the tops of his ears, already starting to fork.

It's actually quite amazing.

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