I would say that 99.99% of the bucks out there have no antlers right now or are just starting their new ones. I have heard that if a buck is casterated or looses it ability to produce testrone that strange things will happen with their antlers. One of them is that they will grow continuously, slow but continuious. This is also the reson that I heard that you can find bucks in full velvet at wierd times of the year.
I don't know how true what I heard is but it might be a reason.
Deer will or should lose their Antlers, because of the drop in testoterone that occurrs naturally after the post rut. Once this T-Level hits a certain point , they start to drop them. With castration, which can happen in different forms, should of caused a rapid loss in T. Therefore should of dropped them. If an injury occurrs during the vevet stage, weird things will happen to the antlers. EHD in mule deer tends to not kill the Mule deer, but does effect the testicles and cactus or bucks in velvet occurr. Maybe he was just late in dropping his testosterone, therefore retaining his rack until May. I will keep an eye out for him later in the year, before season starts and see if he his rack is the same or changed.
What does "gauge" mean anyway? As used here gauge means the number of round lead balls the same diameter as the inside of the barrel (aka the bore) that it would take to weigh one pound. It takes 12 lead balls the same diameter as a 12 gauge barrel to weigh a pound. The smaller 20 gauge would require 20 balls of that barrel diameter. The larger bore 12 gauge would require 12 lead balls of the bore diameter to weigh one pound.
In general the number of pellets in a shotgun shell...