Through the Lens with Leon Lorenz

Whitetail Deer

Leon Lorenz
Whitetail Deer
Leon Lorenz photo

Whitetail deer antlers begin to grow in early spring and are fully grown by late summer. Their antlers are one of the fastest growing tissues known, at a rate of about 1/4 inch per day on a mature healthy buck that takes in a lot of good nutrition. The antlers are covered with a living tissue called velvet that supplies blood to the antlers, allowing them to grow. How big the antlers will grow will be determined by a number of factors including the age, genetics and nutrition of the deer. 

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