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Another Whitetail Buck Growing New Antlers

May 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I came across another Whitetail Buck growing new antlers a few days ago at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This Buck was near the same area where I photographed the one I posted here on my blog back on the 30th of April (Whitetail Buck Growing New Antlers). This is in the Sandtown area where the paved section of the tour road is.

Antlers grow rapidly from their pedicle (base) while in velvet during the spring and summer, as fast as 3/4 inch/week for yearlings and 1 1/2 inches per week for adults during peak growth. Growth rate slows dramatically during late summer while mineralization of the antler is completed. The covering of the growing antler takes on the appearance of shiny velvet because sparse hairs grow straight out and are coated with oily secretions from the hair follicle. (Source: Mississippi State University)

 

Whitetail Buck - 1358-180427Whitetail Buck Growing New Antlers - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma


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