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Friday, June 22, 2007

Mule deer buck with antlers "in the velvet"

Mule deer shed their antlers yearly and regrow them. During this regrowth process they are covered in what is termed "velvet", which is actually skin with a lot of blood vessels. These blood vessels provide the minerals and vitamins necessary to build new bone for the antlers.
This pic shows a nice sized mule deer buck with his antlers in velvet. I think he is quite the attractive guy and can see how he will do well at attracting the cow deer this fall when they go into the "rut" (or mating season).


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