Are Vermont's Deer Losing Their Antlers? November 22, 2011

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Are Vermont's Deer Losing Their Antlers? November 22, 2011

... will Vermont’s antler-restriction law (the ban on shooting spikehorns), which was designed to promote larger bucks with bigger antlers, someday lead to smaller bucks with smaller antlers? ... The lack of bucks meant that the deer herd was increasingly skewed in favor of female deer, as more does were surviving to maturity. This, in turn, was putting a strain on the overall ecosystem, since a doe-heavy herd increases more rapidly than a balanced one.... bucks with the very best genetics can grow multiple-tined antlers starting as yearlings, while their average compatriots are just growing spikes....

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