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Old 08-11-2009, 01:11 PM   #1
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Does anyone have an idea of how long a buck's horns will grow. I have had my trail cameras out for the last few weeks and have pictures of bucks (all in velvet of course) whose horns look to be at all different growth stages. Some just have small spikes (and I'm thinking that's all they will ever be) and some of the more mature bucks seem to be at their peak and some bucks are still growing additional tines and main beam length. This just got me thinking, At what point are the horns "full grown"???

By the way, I hunt in South Alabama....
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Old 08-11-2009, 01:40 PM   #2
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they can plausibly grow until they shed the velvetbut most are full grown by about 1st or 2nd week of sept, maybe even earlier, in cantonment. so im assuming even earlier in south alabama. last year i had a good 8pt i had on camera that never got any bigger from late aug till the 1st week of oct.. check out your trail cam pics and if the ends of the tines are still really dark they will most likely keep growing. the darker the tips the more growth is gonna continue to happen. the spikes and cow horns you have at this point are most likely gonna be just that. they might grow a small split at the ends but most likely wont see any brow tines or tine length
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Good question and good answer Skulls! I just got my cameras out there yesterday so we'll see!
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Old 08-12-2009, 12:07 AM   #4
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Well if you want to be biologically correct, they have <U>antlers</U>, not horns. :banghead:doh
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Old 08-12-2009, 12:20 AM   #5
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HaterAide (8/11/2009)Well if you want to be biologically correct, they have <U>antlers</U>, not horns. :banghead:doh
I guess that's why I couldn't pass biology.... I will try to use more biologically correct terms.
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Old 08-12-2009, 12:28 AM   #6
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HaterAide (8/11/2009)Well if you want to be biologically correct, they have <U>antlers</U>, not horns. :banghead:doh
I guess that's why I couldn't pass biology.... I will try to use more biologically correct terms.
That's probably EXACTLY why you "couldn't pass biology." Good work!
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Old 08-12-2009, 01:24 AM   #7
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Here is a great link with an article that I found to be very informative. Take some time a look through the other articles, there is a wealth of information in there.

http://www.whitetailstewards.com/art...physiology.htm
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Old 08-12-2009, 02:46 PM   #8
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every deer is gonnna be different

more matures tend to grow faster

and the smaller ones slower tho ive seen young bucks pretty decent (just look at my 7 point for my signature, he was 2 1/2 yr old deer)

it depends on what type of food plot you got goin

and the nutrients the deer are eatin
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