I also have seen more deer since the one buck rule was passed, Butt I have noticed alot more smaller bucks, with deformed non-tipical racks. I was tolled that this is an un-wanted gene group, and that they need to be eliminated from the gene pool. With this in mind alot of people dont want to waste there tag on such an animal, which makes it harder to manage your heard in a region where woods are more sparce. Am I wright?????
People who carefully manage a herd (whether it be deer or cows) will remove some animals from breeding if they feel it may pass on an unwanted trait.
However deformed antlers do not necessarily mean the buck has an issue with his DNA. Poor or strange antlers can be caused by damage to the antler while they are growing, also poor nutrition during antler growth can effect the quality of the final antlers.
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