Guys, this may seem like a dumb question, but I have been setting up my wildlife cam since last month, but none of the deer I have captured had antlers, is this because they havent grown them, or because they are all does? Thanks.
The antlers start growing almost as soon as the previous one's fall off. It's just difficult to see for a while. They first scab over and then get a layer of velvet covered skin over the pedicle that starts to bulge and grow from that point.
The largest bucks I've seen in my area are slightly taller than their ears and just outside the ears.......at least the one I watched yesterday 6/18/08.
Granted, It may be a little different out here in California, but during turkey, the second week of May, I had a group of 3, where one had them 2 inches over his ears already, with 4 inch forks, and another had them even with his ears. And those are mule deer ears....
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....