Buck Sheds Antler After Headshake, Immediately Thrown Off Balance

by Halle Ames
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One couple caught a buck on camera shaking it out a little too hard when one of his antlers comes flying off.

Rutting season lasts from the middle of October until early December, and since it recently ended, it’s time for the bucks to shed their antlers. A yearly occurrence.

Depending on where the deer is located also determines when the antlers drop. In northern areas, whitetails shed their antlers around January, but in the Midwest, that occurs closer to February to late March.

Once the animals, such as whitetail, mule deer, elk, caribou, and moose, take their minds off mating, they switch their focus to more pressing matters, like surviving the winter.

During this time, the males’ testosterone levels drop, so the mule deer and whitetails use their remaining energy to eat and sleep.

In addition, the massive antler the deer spent their time growing to impress a mate and fight off other suitors are also useless. According to Wide Open Spaces, “the pedicle begins to lose its grip and shed antlers eventually pop free of the animal’s head.”

The Off-Balance Buck

In the video, a couple records a decent sized buck outside their window. After doing a nice little shakedown, one of his antlers comes flying off.

It’s as if the remaining side of antlers weighs 30 pounds, or there is this itch in the middle of its back that it can’t reach.

Picture your buddy when he has had one too many and tries picking up the heavy cooler full of melted ice—completely thrown off.

“He lost his antler! He just shook it off,” said the woman. “Ah, he’s going to go crazy here, Tom.”

“I don’t know if he will go crazy,” responds the male voice, Tom.

“He’s unbalanced,” says the woman. “He doesn’t know what to do. It probably hurts.”

Although it may look painful for the bucks to lose a bone sticking out of their head, however, there is no pain involved in the process. It’s a natural occurrence.

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