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I saw grant woods put of pictures and some of is older bucks already have 2inches of velvet coming out of their head!
 

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Last camera check had bucks with 2 inches velvet. And some with none. And some with horns still. That was April 1st
 

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Last camera check had bucks with 2 inches velvet. And some with none. And some with horns still. That was April 1st
Thats pretty similar to whats goin on in southwest ohio. some of the big guys still have headggear too. which worries me a little as to how much growin time they will have
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This is all interesting stuff. So if anybody has an explanation please share.

My Understanding is:
Health is the single most reason for shedding early.
and Testosterone levels start the shedding process but usually occurs the same time every year.

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Maybe with no stress and lots of late born doe fawns. ??
Not enough bucks to breed the fawns causing extended breeding season.
 

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This is all interesting stuff. So if anybody has an explanation please share.

My Understanding is:
Health is the single most reason for shedding early.
and Testosterone levels start the shedding process but usually occurs the same time every year.

Soooo!
Maybe with no stress and lots of late born doe fawns. ??
Not enough bucks to breed the fawns causing extended breeding season.
Actually you have it backwards...
Stress causes earlier than normal shedding. When you see bucks holding their antlers into springtime, they are healthy and show sign of a less stressful rut.
Ideally, a buck will hold his antlers until the new grownth causes the hard antlers to fall off.

As for the late born fawns...it could be a matter of many different factors. Most of the time the really late born fawns are due to the mother either missed conception earlier in the fall, or the mother could have been a young deer and wasnt receptive until later in the rut (ex: Jan-early Feb)
 
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