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Location: central, IL
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Broken Rack question....

I have a deer on my property....appears to me to be 4.5 yrs old....

one side of his rack was broken off in velvet......

the other side was complete early in the season with 7 points, non typical (i posted the pic in an earlier thread)

now a few weeks ago, the other side broke off......so hes got just the brow tines left and 2 stumps.

QUESTION:

what causes a deer to break off both sides?

bad genetics?
too old (osteoporosis)?
poor diet?
something else?

Just recently he also appears to have lost an eye in a fight...he's got a big gash (i watched him through binocs today and his face was pretty tore up) but was eating fine and didn't seem overtly bothered

I was originally going to try to take him if i had a shot....but now i may wait till next year to see what he becomes (he should be a real beast by then and I may still be here given the economy)

But i would take him this year, if its believed to be a genetic problem.

I figure he's got a good body....pretty close to 180lb dressed

What would you do?

take him and remove the genes, or let him live ....if given the shot.

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Broken Rack question....

heres the pic from earlier in the season fog.

let me know your thoughts.

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Broken Rack question....

He's got great genes. Let him walk and hope he doesn't have such bad luck next year. Would like to see the buck that beat him up Yes

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Broken Rack question....
redrider wrote:
.... Would like to see the buck that beat him up Yes

i don't think it would take much...with just brow tines he's pretty defenseless......but I'm sure he still thinks hes the big dog on the block....so he might be picking fights that he cant back up anymore.

I'll probably let him walk...unless its getting late in the season and am still deerless

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Broken Rack question....

If he is injured though he may not grow a nice set of antlers next year. I have heard that if a deer suffers an injury their antler growth the next year may not be great.

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Broken Rack question....

def. let him walk and see if he regains his nice rack next season..Id say the broken main beams are from fighting without a doubt as well as that eye..but if indeed he is injured badly enough he may not sprout as nice of a rack next year..id say its ur call tho of course..if ur a gambler let him walk if not pop him..thats just my opinion..i shot a big buck this year with an awesome left side but a screwed up right side..nothin was broken so that may prove that the injury thing could and might play a roll in his horn growth cuz that sure seemed to be the case with my buck...

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