For many hunters like myself, there is something completely fascinating about antlers. They are remarkable in the way they grow, they are the fastest growing bone among mammals, and serve a unique purpose for attracting females and fighting for dominace and breeding rights. They go from velvet, like the ones on the deer I am hunting now, to hard horn battle-bashed spears, that get cast away... only to regrow for the next seasons rut.
Many times throughout the spring and summer I venture into the mountains just to look for these fallen antlers. To find a shed laying on the ground is exciting in its own right, and another touch point in a hunter's obsession and admiration for the animals we pursue.
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