Do deer lose their antlers every year naturally?

  1. dappledesigns profile image90
    dappledesignsposted 4 years ago

    Do deer lose their antlers every year naturally?

  2. krillco profile image93
    krillcoposted 4 years ago

    If you mean white tailed deer, yes. Male white-tailed deer grow and shed their antlers every year. Antlers are composed of true bone. Antler growth begins in late March or early April and the growing bone is covered by skin with numerous blood vessels (velvet). In late summer and early fall, testosterone levels increase. This hormone elevation results in the antlers hardening and the buck rubs off the drying velvet. When testosterone levels begin to drop, antlers start to shed beginning in mid January. Deer that are in the best physical condition will lose their antlers later in the winter.

 
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