Fractured skull/pedicel ?

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  1. wademup

    wademup 12 pointer

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    What do you think? Seems it would be recent for the antler to be so typical Screenshot_20180915-153755_USB Media Explorer-540x960.jpg
     
  2. Claims Rep.

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    Definitely a damaged peticle. A biologist told me once that when that happens that buck will never grow a typical rack again.
     
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  3. ddwhitetails

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    If he survives any infections....he will be messed up for life!
     
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  4. JDMiller

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    I don’t have a real good guess... but just looking at it.. seems the hairline at the base is pulled over and the antler is somewhat hanging there and it’s happened recently.

    Which a damaged pedical (sp) ... being it was damaged before or during growth stages...I don’t think it would be as well formed as it is. Which honestly.. it looks to match the antler on the other side.. even though it’s horizontal.. lol.

    I think he may be “normal “ next antler growth... and it’s basically broke now... above the pedical.

    In turn ... I’ve got a buck that’s showed up the last two years. Which I think is some weird pedical damage or genetic misfit.

    The 2017 pic... I got a good look at this deer during gun season. He has no physical injury to the opposite side of his body which I first thought might be the case. No limp .. nothing visibly wrong with this deer other than a freaky antler on one side.

    Which the 2018 pics... he’s starting to actually get a beam formed with the other junk. Getting a fairly “heavy” body appearance.. which I think he’s pushing 3.5 years this go around.

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  5. ddwhitetails

    ddwhitetails 10 pointer

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    It really doesn't matter because what ever is gonna happen is gonna happen. But I used to raise whitetail deer for about seven years, and that is definitely a damaged peticle. He will never have a normal growth on that side ever. Just hope it stays closed to the point flies can't get to it. If that happens he will not survive. He will have maggots all up and through his skull and then develop infection witch will kill him. seen it up close and personal.
     
  6. wademup

    wademup 12 pointer

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    My nephew may kill him first!! I want to perform a necropsy
     
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  7. wademup

    wademup 12 pointer

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    Either way i naned him Headache, seems appropriate
     
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  8. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    My first buck is similar to that buck. Only had 3pts but one side like that. Weight wise still one of the biggest I ever killed.
     
  9. Nock

    Nock 12 pointer

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    I hope he does.
     
  10. dupont241

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    I have proof that he could recover and be an outstanding deer. My deer looks very similar to yours, the first year it just flopped when he moved his head, so it was still attached to his skull bone. He shed and the next year it didn't flop at all, so I guess the bone healed and grew back to his skull. I have had people argue that this is not the same deer. But Bill Cooper, Wildlife Biologist from Georgia came and looked at my deer while it was at the taxidermist and looked at the skull cap and pentacle of my deer and said that there was no doubt this is the same deer. So in some cases they can come out if an injury to the skull and make a normal recovery.



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  11. ddwhitetails

    ddwhitetails 10 pointer

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    Well I'll be darned! I never had one recover for me like that when I was raising them. But then again, I wrote them off and sold them as management bucks. Whitetail = never cease to amaze me! Nice buck by the way!!
     
  12. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

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    This is a really neat story. Thanks for sharing. Did he break off a point that dropped down in front of his left ear?
     
  13. dupont241

    dupont241 6 pointer

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    If he did you couldn't tell it, in the 4th year of his injury , which would have made either 5 or 6 years old, it just seemed to start growing upward in the normal direction.

    It was really hard letting him pass the multiple times I did that third year. The forth year I seen him few time before season in velvet and didn't realize it was him. I Only realized it was him a few days before season when I got some up close trail camera picture of him.
     

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