DEER—SHEDDING HORNS—Does a buck deer shed his horns each year? Explain fully regarding same.
Yes. The horns begin to nub out in early spring, depending on the climate. They harden all the way from late August to late September. They are rubbed when the velvet loosens, and after wrestling with brush and pounding wood, the deer goes forth to do battle with the horns for the favor of does. In early December the weapons are of no further service, and late in December, as a rule, they loosen. They begin to fall and in January the horns are off. The rest of the year—January till April the buck deer has no horns.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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