Deer Nutrition, Feeding Deer
Producing prize bucks requires knowledge of antler development December 23, 2012 Southeast Farm Press (blog)
 ... deer need high-quality foods year-round to remain healthy... With the proper nutrition, bucks will maximize their antler size at four to six years of age... Research has shown there is no way to determine what a yearling buck’s antlers will look like at maturity; therefore spike bucks should not be the target of “culling” from a deer herd... Protein is one the most important nutrients essential for antler development... Calcium, phosphorus and vitamins A and D are also ...