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new growth

I was at a home working this morning and looked out back and there was 3 bucks walking through the trees. All 3 buck had great new growth already, the antlers were above the ears and branching off already, hope this is a good sign for this fall. Wish i had a camera with me.

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I am heading out for turkey

I am heading out for turkey tomorrow and hoping to see a few deer as well.

It was about the same time a couple of years ago that I was turkey hunting, and had 3 bucks walk by me at 15 yards without knowing I was there. One had antler growth already 6 inches above and outside his ears, with 4-5 inch deep forks.  The second had them even with the top of his ears and also forked, and the smallest had a set of spikes, maybe starting to fork.

It's amazing how fast that antlers can grow.  It's up to an inch a day I believe, the fastest growing thing in nature.

It's also more amazing, and irritating, that I have yet to shoot a deer with a bow in 15 years of trying, but I can have 3 bucks walk 15 yards from me broadside during turkey season.... lol

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wow

wow I guess you are in GOOD deer territory!  Congrats on that.  Interesting that they are showing antler already too.  Thanks for sharing the information.  Now we need pictures! 

I did see one doe while turkey hunting so far this spring....

 

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i've been checking out the

i've been checking out the antler growth this year as well in eastern and central Kansas.

so far i'm seeing about 3-9 inches with the main beam just starting to split on some of the bucks here. you guys must be having a productive year!

a lot of our spring has been very dry and this held off on the vegetation growth for a long time. i'd say our vegetation started to re-grow almost a month later than last year. we didn't start getting any amount of rain until the last week of april, so hopefully, the bucks (and bulls, as i'm still hopeful i'll draw a kansas bull elk tag, which is a long shot) will be getting the nutrition they need to grow big, strong antlers!

it's good to see that much antler so early, you'll have to show some pictures after this season!

i'll start thinking about putting out my trail camera here in another month or so, then we'll see what i can find.

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good vegitation

We have had a very wet spring with record rain in the valleys and record snow pack in the mountains, there is a ton of greens in the hills right now, I was surprised that our deer and elk calf survival rate was extremely well this winter giving all the snow we got. I have my trail cam out right now, hope to post some pics in a few weeks when i check it.

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You aren't kidding

numbnutz wrote:

We have had a very wet spring with record rain in the valleys and record snow pack in the mountains, there is a ton of greens in the hills right now

You aren't kidding it is still very green over here between La Grande and Pendelton.  Up on Mt Emily there is also quite a bit of new vegetation growth closing things in quite a bit in many areas.

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Last weekend I was about to

Last weekend I was about to go on a 3d course and where the targets are 10 ,20, 30yards etc. are a buck was walking through it it had about 3in of antler on its head and the day before I was walking along to the next target I look behind me and a yearling doe is following me.  It just looked at me for a minute or two then walked away.

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what part of portland do you

what part of portland do you live in.

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gresham

I actually live in Gresham, my house sit 1 block from the country farmland in east Gresham, where i saw these bucks was up in the hills between Happy Valley and Foster st in Portland, I see deer by my place from time to time as well. I see your in Wilsonville, i used to do some work down there.

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Here in northern New Mexico i

Here in northern New Mexico i have seen some bucks all ready will 3 points on each side.   i hope the rain starts soon or these deer are going to look fun with short tines.  nothing wrost then a 30inch deer with 3 or 4 inch tines.  pray for Rain. 

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