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When I was hunting elk last season a hunter in camp shot a bull with an unusual ball of antler growth at its base. I have never seen another one like it.

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I've heard those tend to form from wounds suffered while in velvet, then insects get in them, and or the velvet antler tries to repair itelf, causing a swollen mass. I've never gotten my hands on one, but this is just what I've heard speculated by other biologists.

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