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My imagination

It may be all in my head since I have no way to validate it, but I think I found the skull with antlers from the deer that I shot last year during archery season but was unable to recover. I found the skull less than 1/4th of a mile from where I shot the deer, which was about 1/4th of a mile from the last place that I found blood. I didn't find the rest of the body, but I figure that scavengers and rain could have moved it all quite a bit. What is left of the antlers fits what I remember about my deer. He was a tall, heavy 4 point.

Even if this isn't my deer, in my mind, it still is. Now, I just need to make sure that this season, if I get a shot opportunity, I make it a better shot to try to ensure a successful recovery.

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Those do look like they were

Those do look like they were a nice set of antlers, but to me they look older than a couple of years. That is unless you have some real mineral craved animals that like to gnaw on them. I have some sitting in my garden that are over 10 years old and look better than those.

Good luck this year. The time is getting closer.

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I agree that it does seem

I agree that it does seem like it has seen more than one season.  However, I still think it is possible that it is only a year old.  When looking at it in person, the aged-appearance really comes from the amount that rodents and other scavengers have really eaten on it.  The weight, texture, and some of the coloring do not seem like it is an old dead-head.  Out in my Dad's area where it is dry and there aren't any squirrels and few other rodents to eat on the antlers, drops can last for many seasons with only some bleaching.  

Anyway, even if it is a much older dead head, it was still fun to find.  Makes me believe that the deer I did shoot last year wasn't the only 4-pt that has called that area home.  

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Very nice set of antlers! 

Very nice set of antlers!  But, I do agree, 2-3 years old at the very least.  Very cool find though......

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