Pensacola Fishing Forum banner
1 - 14 of 14 Posts
Joined
·
4,057 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Although the subject heading sounds like an awesome fantasy for some men, let's keep our minds out of the gutter for a real quick sec. Have any of yall seen/shot many whitetails with dark colored racks? I finally saw one this past weekend and he was beautiful. Show some pics if yall have any...
 

· Registered
Joined
·
1,299 Posts
i saw one on a hunting show ontime and they said the reason that this specific deers horns were dark is that when he was rubbing his velvet off, he was rubbing up against trees that had been burned from them doing controlled burns to burn out underbrush and what not. It was really cool looking though.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
789 Posts
Most of the time the deer with the more darker horns is the ones that get the least amount of sun. I ve killed alot of deer on leases and good bit in the river swamp on the Choctoawhatchee water management area and everyone of them has had really dark colored horns. Kinda makes since.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
2,713 Posts
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD class=smalltxt vAlign=top><SPAN id=_ctl1_ctlTopic_ctlPanelBar_ctlTopicsRepeater__ctl11_lblFullMessage>How chocolate do you want? this is mine ......I would think it comes from there diet...meaning dark rack.....this came from the big woods (no farms close)or corn and sow beans....the taxidermist said it was the darkest rackhe had ever seen, he had alot of racks hanging that he was working on....and they were all light in color, but that was in the corn belt of the state.



Good luck to you on your quest to take that deer!!!!! Woody....
</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
 

· Registered
Joined
·
785 Posts
i have seen many dark racks hunting escambia river swamp. but, i have seen some almost white racks come out of there too. i believe it could be a genetic trait. i have two big racks from deer my great grandfather killed down on the choctahatchee river about 60 years ago, that are almost a redish dark dark brown. never have i seen such myself in the wild.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
2,082 Posts
Not sure but the really dark racks I have seen are on Mature Deer, I have never seen one a young deer. At least that has been my experience so far. Most 2-3 year olds I have seen have a more reddish rack. Just my observations.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
5,972 Posts
I have heard it is called by Tannin(sp) in the diet. Which would be the same as Bill's (Ironman) Theory, and the swamp theory.I think Tannin is whatcomes fromthe decay of organic matter such as pine straw, leaves and such. It is also what makes water appear to be black, such as the Blackwater river, swampsand many beaver ponds in our area.

Dark antlers are very pretty though.
 

· Super Moderator
Joined
·
34,328 Posts
Woody this un is the darkest I've seen.... It was killed on private propery in Munson.
 
1 - 14 of 14 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top