when do bucks start dropping horns? does it make sense to purchase a antlered deer tag? i have a week off in mid jan a would like to head into the woods. What happens if i shoot a buck without antlers i mean it may be difficult to tell the two apart depending on the distance. i never hunted this time of year so and info is helpful. had to make tag soup with my ny tags so a doe for the freezer is good enuff for me.