Have a question about antlers from year to year. Last year I took a picture of a real nice 8pt, have been looking forward all year to getting my first picture of him to see if ( A. If he made it through last hunting season & B. what he grew into. I got picture this past week of a deer that I have never seen before. The more I look at this deer I notice he has the same brow tines as the big 8 I took pictures of last year. So now my question how drastic can antlers change from year to year? I know 1, 2, 3 year old deer go through a lot of changes (antlers) but I had guessed this deer at 4.5 last year so I really only expected MASS growth. What do you guys think, could these two pictures be the same deer?
I could be wrong but I don't think it is the same Buck. The antler shapes are too different. Most of the Bucks here I have followed for multiple years usually kept the same shape and gain on average 20 In. per year.
The body size is bigger and different in the older pic than in the new pic. Also the face structure is different on the two bucks. I would put all my money that the buck in 2012 is older than the new pic you have.
I have noticed over the years that the deer on the same place seem to have similar looking antlers. I think along with the others the deer this year is a different deer. They look alike because they are out of the same gene pool.