It was a 4 point, so it was legal, but its antlers looked like 2 old indian war clubs. Favorite Answer. Who sheds it? It was a weird bull, though... apparently perfectly healthy but a really tall & narrow rack. I didn't have the heart to tell him he was going to get the crap kicked out of him in a couple of weeks. That is why if you are shed hunting in March you may be finding larger fresh sheds (“browns”) while at the same time observing smaller bulls with antlers still attached. to get rid of it. Not only is the beauty of Alaska so full and rich at this time of year the pace of the farm is a little slower and definitely more relaxed. The largest bulls polish first and are usually done by the end of August. Thick as my wrist, about 2 feet long, then 4 points sticking out at all angles from a knob at the top. I hope to get some nice photos like CK has. I’m a lifelong Alaskan and proud to share the love of my state on my own site and nowhere on the blog at The Reindeer farm. Why do reindeer shed their velvet? Elk shedding velvet Elk. You don’t even have to do anything – just leave them somewhere to dry and you are finished. Yes, the velvet is soft and visually appealing, but at some point, the deer needs to shed the material to reveal its new antlers. In … In some instances, deer can eat the shed velvet for nutrition, while others will walk away without feeding on it. It’s that time of the year again when bull elk shed the velvet that has been nourishing their antler growth for the last six months. As the antler hardens, the male moose scratches … Last year, there were bulls killed in velvet in Utah. Horns are permanent, they grow from their base up, and both males and females may have them. I will be out again this coming weekend to stash some supplies and I bet the big 6x6s will be without velvet. A healthy bull elk can produce up to 10 pounds of velvet a year! I was kind of surprised that elk shed that much earlier than deer. Contrastingly, deer in areas with poor nutrition tend to shed their antlers earlier in mid-December. A: First, what is the difference between horns and antlers? Due to Covid-19 the farm has safety protocols in place during your visit. And males dress to impress the females with their impressive antler display that say’s “I’m a stud”. All the smaller bulls are still in full velvet. they start growing antlers back in may-june and are in velvet then. The Archery season opened a week earlier than usual. Answer. Elk shed last, between January and April, though the great majority lose their racks in March. In most parts of the country, the antler growth for whitetail deer is done for the year. Furthermore, the antlers continue to grow as the animal matures. The spikes may have velvet well into September. First of all both male and female reindeer grow antlers. Underneath the velvet is the bony antler that is so important to the reindeer. I seen 6 big bulls 8/15 and they were all clean also so seen a 5+5 rubing.8/15. All good questions my friends, I’ve got answers straight from the farmers! What is velvet? He and one other really big bull were rubbed already. If you were to come by the reindeer farm at this time of year you would probably get to see some of the reindeer rubbing and scraping off this velvet. They literally rot, and the odor will hit a 10 out of 10 on the gag meter. I’ve been lucky enough to take pictures of whitetail deer nearly every day the last 20 years, beginning in 1996 when I moved from the city to deer counntry and subsiquently put Bowhunting.net online. Every other bull we saw that week was fully shed and dark with rubs in the middle of the rut, except this guy. When Do Bucks Shed Their Velvet. While moose start dropping their antlers the earliest (in December). Whitetail deer antler sheds have a wide variety of uses and are becoming more popular as a crafting material and for home decor. On a reindeer farm, there’s a lot going on as well. I’m SO happy you’re here and reading this. This time of year is also when reindeer shed their velvet. Some have suggested that early velvet shedding is drought related. They rub on just about anything to get that velvet off and uncover the antler that most of us would recognize. Here's a bull that was fully rubbed on Aug 11th this year. Asked by Wiki User. Killed 15 Aug last year. Last year, the several bulls I saw at the beginning of the CO season were bare whereas the several mule deer I saw were all in velvet. But When? Speaking of nutrition, deer that roam the Midwestern farm counties, where nutrition is good to tend to shed antlers later on in mid-January. Deer typically shed their antlers in starting in January, but mostly in February and early March. Then over the course of the summer, their antlers grow back. So come by for a visit and look for the reindeer scraping and rubbing their antlers in the hopes of finally shedding their velvet. Those antlers are so needed! When the antlers are full grown the velvet dries up, and the reindeer begin to rub it off because it itches. Bull elk can be easily identified by their impressive antlers during the summer and fall, some growing over 300″ of new bone over the course of just a few months. Spring months in elk country are unpredictable at … Maybe the first buck to shed in 2012 was an anomaly, but the second buck (a 3.5+ year-old) shed on August 25, which was four days sooner than the next earliest date (in 2008). The busy summer season is winding down, and the days are a little less busy, and the farm begins to prepare for fall. The bulls I saw yesterday were still in velvet, and appeared to still be growing. The farm provides cut trees and, oddly enough, street sweeper brushes at this time of year to aid the reindeer in this process. Around the 14th of August. What is velvet? (Unlike deer and elk, bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain goats do not shed their horns each year, so don’t expect to find them as “sheds.”) Deer antlers are the only mammalian bone structures to regenerate completely every year. Last year I found the velvet in the pic above. The summer pelage is short, thin and colored reddish brown. In the spring months of March and April, bull elk drop their antlers due to biological changes in their hormone levels. Why do bull elk shed their antlers each year? This one is looking like he has an itch to scratch...From 8/14. Why do bucks shed their velvet? Reindeer Farm  5561 S Bodenburg Loop Rd, Palmer, AK 99645. These two bulls were hanging together when I photographed them on Aug. 12. two weeks ago almost all the bulls (out of 30+ elk, 10 were bulls),all had velvet from what I could tell. BigAl 05-Aug-10. If you’ve ever been around dried velvet antlers, they can get pretty funky pretty fast. At this time, an elk's body is tawny brown or brownish gray, with the nec… I wish I had pics of the bull one of our clients got when I was guiding on the west slope 2 years ago. On the 13th here in CO I saw a small 4 point that had just rubbed out and still had a small amount of velvet on a couple points. Late summer in Alaska. Deer can shed its velvet within a single day or less if it is determined. I have seen them in winter with velvet many times. +1 6pointbull 2nd or third week of August. Reproductively, they are in neutral. Measured out close to 300" but with only about a 26" spread. A mature male elk, called a bull, stands 50 to 60 inches at the shoulder and weighs 600 to 1,000 pounds. 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It is almost exactly like what it sounds like, a soft velvety fur cover on their fresh antlers. Within days it would have shed. Saw a fair number that were rubbed off and some that were not or were just starting. Many domestic animals like goats, sheep, and cattle have horns. Male (bull) elk grow a new set of antlers every year, beginning when they are 1 year old. Females can use their antlers in the winter to clear away snow from their food sources. Stik'n String 05-Aug-10. … Image 5 of 15 6 | Tempers Flare With the exception of several spike bulls I have seen over the years, I cannot think of a single branch-antlered bull I have seen in full velvet by the season opener. However, it can range over a week period or more, easily. The antlers no longer fill with blood or nutrients, and the velvet will eventually dry off. Then the hardening process begins, which usually takes 20 to 25 days. Time Lapse Antler Growth The fuzzy skin that covers antlers as they grow is terrifically concentrated with blood vessels and nerves. Join us as we dive deeper into the farm, the history, the seasons and the animals here in Butte, Alaska. So if you’re planning a visit to Alaska in August or September be sure to plan a visit to the Reindeer Farm. August is one of my favorite months in Alaska, the days are a little more balanced light wise, the mountains are occasionally tipped with fresh snow and the air is crisp and fresh. Elk are much larger and heavier than white-tailed deer. Is it September yet??? One was at about 6500 ft and one was at timberline. 2010-05-16 17:54:37 2010-05-16 17:54:37. Calendar Even saw one nice 6x6 with this guy that had rounded tips on his top end and still has some growth to do. In winter, long, coarse guard hairs overlay wooly underfur. rambows 06-Aug-10. You could also witness reindeer shedding their velvet up close and personal. Deer, elk, and moose, actually all drop their antlers at different times starting in those shortest days. Virtually all mule deer will be in full velvet until the latter weeks of September, possibly later. Bull moose shed their antlers in late autumn or early winter, after the end of the breeding season. Like deer and elk, moose shed their antlers every year in the late winter or early spring. By the time a deer (or moose, elk, caribou…) has shed its antlers in fall, all of the living tissue in the antlers will have dried up. Contributors to this thread: FlatLndr 05-Aug-10. Elk Rut in September and Deer Rut in Nov or later... Not too surprising..... Terry. After it serves its purpose of protecting the young antlers, the soft furry velvet is no longer needed. In late summer and early autumn, the antlers shed off the velvet skin, leaving the bull with a set of 40-pound antlers. When they grow in, a moose’s antlers are covered in velvet. LOL. In fact, antlers are the fastest bone growth in the world. Elk here in west central Colorado have no velvet by opening day, except for some young bulls. 10 Amazing Photos of a Buck Shedding Velvet These rare photos of a big buck rubbing off his early-season velvet are insane By Craig Dougherty and Donald M. Jones I usually find velvet the first weekend of season here in Colorado. Q: Why do tule elk drop their antlers every year?-Teresa, El Cerrito. A buddy of mine shot an Idaho bull one Sept (seems to me it was middle of the month even) that had barely started to rub. Usually around mid aug. around here. AZStickman 05-Aug-10. One of the bigger bull killed that year (340ish) looked like he had a glove on the whale's tail on one side - rest of the antler was clean, just a rawhide looking chunk of velvet on the tip of that one side... Never have found velvet on a rubbed sapling or tree. The third buck (1.5 years) shed on August 28. Why do elk have velvet on their antlers? 5 6 7. Cowboy in Colorado 05-Aug-10. It seems around here that they shed velvet around September 3 or 4 (with some starting a week earlier). Hi, it’s Laura here from Little House Big Alaska, I’ll be taking over the blog here at The Reindeer Farm for a little while. Click here to learn more. If you live in Jackson Hole or an area with an elk population, you might have recently heard bull elk bugling during the fall rut, or breeding season. Open Year Round by Appointment Only. He still has it (just the rack) mounted with the velvet still on it. Top Answer. It did seem that the bucks shed velvet a bit sooner this year than most. The cue for antler hardening and velvet shedding is the change in photo-period caused by decreasing daylight and increasing darkness, which results in a significant increase in the bucks’ testosterone. I believe they rub saplings/small trees for marking territory and staging/displying after the velvet is shed and continue through the rut. Also, the necks of cryptorchid bucks do not swell as the breeding season approaches. These bulls have made it through a fall rut, the breeding season, and most of the winter. It grows, as the antlers grow, to protect them as they get bigger. As males age, their antlers grow in bigger each year. In their natural state, they are used to create rustic chandeliers, lamps, and table centerpieces, or simply as wall decor.As a raw material, they can be turned into knife handles, jewelry, decorative carvings, key fobs, and a variety of other items. Shed hunters can only pick up antlers that have been naturally shed by deer and elk in the wild. Elk, on the other hand, start losing their antlers in March and into April. Most bucks in the North are finished growing their antlers by August 10 when blood flow to the antlers ceases and the velvet begins dying and degrading. We All Know Buck’s Shed Their Velvet. Growth is triggered by increasing daylight and subsequent testosterone production. 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