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Horn growth on Pronghorn Antelope

Can anyone explan how Antelope horns grow?  I know that they kind of shed them every year but do they come back like deer or elk?  Do they come back bigger, smaller, the same or do they change every year.

 

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Antelope actually have horns

Antelope actually have horns and not antlers like the deer family have.  When they shed all they shed is part of the outter covering of the horn as the horn grows larger.

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So antelope will  always get

So antelope will  always get bigger with age? I know that it was not like antlers, but was not sure about it it come all the way off or what.  thanks for the info.

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Generally they will, but in a

Generally they will, but in a bad dry year they may not gain anything compared to the previous year. To prepare antelope horns for mounting you actually boil the horns until the outer black sheath comes off. Then that is cleaned out thoroughly before slipping it onto the mold that resembles the bone from the actal live animal head and bonding it in place before the tanned hide is put on.

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