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just pulled my 2 cam chips & had 5 different bucks that lost bone already :( 3 had 1/2 racks & i have had these deer on the cams before with full racks.. also had 2 bucks that dropped both sides already.. never seen so many lose their antlers this early [wallmad]
 

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My buddy killed a 8 pt last night and when we were dragging him out the left side popped right off. It was pretty funny when he fell to the ground holding the antler
 

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Not surprising in zone 3 where the herd is in decent balance. If all/most of the does in that area were bred in the first rut, there's no reason for the bucks to hold bone any longer. I'm in zone 8 where I live with far too many does running around our back yards out of safe hunting areas, and our bucks are still very much on the chase and holding antlers.
 

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my zone 8 spots have bucks shedding already hopefully when i get out friday ill see one with antlers
 

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Poor acorn years usually causes this to happen, also a hard rut and the bucks are done. Friend saw 2 bucks in Rockland CO., NY already shed last week.
 

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Just getting them ready for the JAN "antlerless" season. Will be watching all the posts next year about lack of bucks.
 
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