Brent has reason to be proud of this camera-capture: “Near Kimberly, BC this Prince of the Forest – young Mule buck – was sporting a beautiful rack in full velvet. He was standing by the side of the road and kind enough to let me get within a few feet before heading into the dense bush. As you can tell by the size of his antlers, he was on his way to becoming a giant”.
DID YOU KNOW? Antlers are shed and re-grown every year. They start growing when the male is just a few months old and by the time he is 6 months there are 2 little hair covered bumps (called pedicels). While the antlers are growing, they are full of nerves and blood vessels and are covered with a hairy skin covering tissue called “velvet” – it supplies oxygen and nutrients to the growing bone. By late summer, testosterone levels begin to increase, the antlers begin to harden and the velvet dries up and falls off. The buck will have his mighty and hard antlers through the breeding season and in late fall or early winter they fall off or are shed.
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