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A friend of mine in Louisiana shot a nice buck. But when she walked up to it, it had no antlers. The antlers were laying a few feet from where the buck lay. Apparently they fell off when the deer hit the ground.
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Same thing
Mike my old time Hunting buddy now living in north La. said a deer he shot this year did the same thing a spike. I know he always used a hand loaded 45-70 Barnes long pointed hollow point bullet which always killed the deer "FAST" we just figured the deers impact to the ground caused the horns to just pop off !!!! But Strange
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from fighting
my opinion on this is its later in the season and they weak from fighting and the rut is close to being over so they bout to shed them anyway. I shot a small 6 point when I was a kid. when I got up to it it had one horn and a bloody spot on the other side where that horn was suppose to be like it had just recently came off. I decided I would drag the deer to the other side of the field to pick it up. when a grabbed the other horn to drag it, it came off in my hand.

I just think they kinda loose from fighting and getting ready to shed. if you think about it when you lose teeth they get loose and then fall out, they dont just drop out one day. I think the same thing goes on with their horns and occasionally you happen to shoot one during this loose period.
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Seen it before
In 1998 after a lot of high water, the last two weeks of the season we saw the same thing. Saw several bucks with blood spots on their heads instead of horns, and pulled the horns off a few after they where killed. The biologist said it was due to high stress caused by the high water. I look for the same thing this weekend after all the high water and long stretch of very cold weather. Hope I'm wrong.
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Antlers
Be careful, don't drag em out by the antlers right now!
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SAME THING
I saw a big mature buck the last week of Dec. that had either already shed or didn't grow any, so I let him go. If you shoot a buck like this can you use an antlerless tag?Very strange.
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Not from fighting
When a buck's antlers fall off it is due to chemical processes within the animal. It has nothing to do with "being loose" from fighting. In fact, about 15 years ago some guys I know were doing research on the topic and, as cruel as it sounds, were catching bucks(in a pen) in February and beating the antlers with pipes trying to knock them off and they wouldn't fall off. They did this for a couple weeks and watched the antlers fall off of those bucks and those of bucks which weren't messed with. There was no relationship between beating the antlers and the time when they fell off. Once the deer's body sends the signal for antlers to drop it happens within hours.
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shed
Back in the '80's, I was hunting a big buck near Hattiesburg. For 2 seasons I watched his rubs and scrapes, heard him a few times, never saw him. On the last hunt of the year, I was set up halfway down the side of a hollow, about 100' from his trail between scrapes. I sat until 10am or so. I had heard some noise in the hollow from 100 yds away or more. I was tired of sitting and decided I would walk down through the middle of the hollow. About 150 yds from where I had been, I found 1 side of his antlers, blood still moist on them. It's a perfect half of a nice, mature 8 pt rack.
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Deer
It is always handy to keep you a good pair of shed antlers handy in Mississippi and call them rattling horns when you kill something to small break his off and use the rattling horns. LOL This has been common this year there is actually a post on the MDWFP web site and the biologist are tieing it to proteins or lack there of..
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cold weather
Maybe it has to do with the extreme cold weather that was around in Louisiana earlier this month? Their body probably went into a hormoanal change.
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