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.
First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in...