I am seeing several Whitetail Bucks with new antler growth at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Antlers begin to grow in late spring, covered with a highly vascularised tissue known as velvet (Wikipedia).
This Buck was with two other deer near the begining of the paved section of the tour road (Sandtown). They stepped off of the road and into the trees when I first drove by and I wasn't able to get any photos. After reaching the end of the paved road I came back by and the Deer were standing on the gravel section near Goss Slough. I was able to stop my pickup and get a few photos of the Buck.
When this Buck walked into the woods I noticed that it had a bad limp. I took several photos of its legs so that I could get a better look at them on my computer. I could see no visible signs of an injury. You can see in my photo of this Whitetail Buck that it has lost almost all of its winter coat.
Whitetail Buck With New Antlers - 1376-180427Whitetail Buck Growing New Antlers