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Fawn Are In Heat, Bucks Still Going!!
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Contributors to this thread:
fredzepplelin 17-Feb-24
JB 17-Feb-24
Matt 17-Feb-24
Knifeman 17-Feb-24
John in MO / KY 17-Feb-24
Zbone 18-Feb-24
fuzzy 18-Feb-24
Zbone 18-Feb-24
WV Mountaineer 18-Feb-24
17-Feb-24

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Fawn are in heat and the bucks are still going at it! Ripping up the branches and bark on the trees and marking turf!

From: JB
17-Feb-24
Thanks Tom! You always have good stuff!!

From: Matt
17-Feb-24
When do your bucks drop their antlers? Most of ours lost their headgear right around February 1st.

From: Knifeman
17-Feb-24
In WI it seems later and later. Used to be when we had real winter, sometimes late season in Dec, there would be shed bucks already. Now my cameras show they hold sometimes until March and beyond. Dont know why other than weather.

17-Feb-24
I had eight bucks behind my house in Kentucky yesterday, two were probably 3.5 year olds and the rest youngsters. A few were sparring. Seven of them were still carrying both antlers and one had lost a side.

From: Zbone
18-Feb-24

Zbone's Link
Some bucks are still fully crowned... On antler shedding timing, check out the "Annual Shed Thread":

https://forums.bowsite.com/tf/bgforums/thread.cfm?threadid=501296&messages=79&forum=4

From: fuzzy
18-Feb-24
I did a drive-thru of Cades Cove TN in March of 2011. Counted 160 plus deer in the fields. There were at least 30 branch antlered bucks visible and roughly half those were carrying only one antler. I've killed full shed bucks in mid December and found sheds before Christmas. It seems like shedding starts mid December and runs through March

From: Zbone
18-Feb-24
"It seems like shedding starts mid December and runs through March"

Sometimes even into April...

18-Feb-24
Fuzzy x2 in these parts. I’ve had horns pop off when dragging in mid December. And, watch full horned bucks dog dies in February. Not uncommon to see horned bucks in March when turkey scouting.

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