Today I would like to talk about antler growth. It’s what all hunters dream about and is influenced by several factors. The first set of antlers start to grow around the 10 month stage of life, and can grow to be a set of spikes or a full basket of tines and everything in between. Typically young bucks antlers are smaller because so much of the nutrition is being used in growth of the body. Studies show that at 2.5 years old most bucks have reached about 35% of antler mass and that their full potential for growth occurs in the 5 to 8 years of age, however genetics and food source play a larger role in antler development than the age of an animal. All three of these factors produce great bucks. At Chaparral we have the genetics and the food source for large bucks and our hunters need to exercise patience in waiting for the older bucks to harvest, even though a long thin tined 10 point buck may score in the 140 inch range it is still a young deer with huge potential. Heavier horned deer are in that mature age group and are the bucks we like to see taken. This week I have more deer pictures and about eight bucks showed up at this site so far!! This is just one of many new stands to be utilized and even though I am only posting some of the deer from this location it’s obvious which deer should not be harvested. We must also keep in mind that the growing period for antlers still has about three weeks left.
We still have room for a few more hunters this fall, so if your interested give me a call at 1-780-872-0137.