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    interesting read...

    Diet provides the greatest proportion of calcium and phosphorus for antler growth and mineralization. However, antler growth will never exceed genetic potential, even if a deer consumes these elements above optimum levels. During times of peak antler growth, antler demand for minerals forces the thyroid gland to release calcitonin; this hormone allows the deer to "steal" minerals from its internal bone structure. This process is known as "physiological" or "temporary" osteoporosis. Bones such as the ribs and shoulder blades contribute the most to this temporary mineral deficiency, and they may lose as much as 40% of their calcium content while antlers are hardening. However, by September, deer can fully replace the minerals borrowed from their skeleton.


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    this hormone allows the deer to "steal" minerals from its internal bone structure
    Bones such as the ribs and shoulder blades contribute the most to this temporary mineral deficiency
    Stop feeding minerals, let the deer absorb minerals from ribs and shoulder blades, and all the rage shooters may finally get some penetration

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    Stop feeding minerals, let the deer absorb minerals from ribs and shoulder blades, and all the rage shooters may finally get some penetration
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