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| Posted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:52 am
Age has a tremendous bearing on antler size!!
Age, nutrition and genetics do all play a role but AGE is the number one factor in determining antler size for wherever your hunting. Without it, you will never truly realize the antler growing potential of a given buck and here's why:
A buck's body is developing from day one through what we call maturity. Full maturity is when the bone growth has fully developed, their skeletal structure is done growing. From that point forward, all nutrition taken in by the buck goes toward body mass (muscle, fat etc.) and antler growth.
Yes, good nutrition and better than average genetics can improve antler growth size at an earlier stage but their true potential isn't realized until maturity (older buck).
No matter where you hunt, the "average"(most) buck will sport larger racks as they AGE to maturity.