Busted up and Broke off Racks

1wildcatfan

12 pointer
Jan 2, 2009
15,000
raised n Bullitt Co.
This guy has been broken for two months.
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bgkyarcher

12 pointer
Aug 23, 2011
20,424
BG
I've got several bucks with broken tines, three with broken main beams. One, that might have been a shooter, with broken right at brow, and left about a foot out. Hadn't thought much about it, but probably more busted racks this year than normal.
 

littlebear

12 pointer
Aug 21, 2007
5,068
the woods
Lower doe numbers means more competition for the ones there. Which that will cause more fighting for a mate and it will also result in bucks on the move more looking for a doe. If the buck/doe ratio is right it can make for some great buck action during rut.
 

Grago

12 pointer
Dec 13, 2016
2,769
Lower doe numbers means more competition for the ones there. Which that will cause more fighting for a mate and it will also result in bucks on the move more looking for a doe. If the buck/doe ratio is right it can make for some great buck action during rut.
I agree, but way more to it, than that in this area, this year, Had a good friend , several mile from here, seen same thing, said he had a giant close last day of gun season, but points broke off , on both sides, said only 3 shooters, he seen were broke up.As always may see a few, but never like this Racks were far to brittle this year around here, for whatever reason.
 

Joe Bryan

8 pointer
Jul 4, 2006
689
Nelson County
Shot this 8pt this season and he hit a tree on his death run!! Cracked whole beam off at the base! Found the beam the next day and taxidermy set it back, unable to locate brow tine. But we have seen several bucks this season with busted up frames!
 

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KY_Fried

12 pointer
Nov 13, 2003
2,617
Foster, KY, USA.
I honestly can't remember the last time I got a mature buck with a perfectly intact rack. There's almost always been a point or two broke off or something. It does seem like I'm hearing about more severely busted up racks then normal this year though. I wonder if it has something to do with all the antler growing supplements people are using these days.
 

Grago

12 pointer
Dec 13, 2016
2,769
I honestly can't remember the last time I got a mature buck with a perfectly intact rack. There's almost always been a point or two broke off or something. It does seem like I'm hearing about more severely busted up racks then normal this year though. I wonder if it has something to do with all the antler growing supplements people are using these days.
I honestly, dont think, thats the case here.. I know we dont put anything out., While these better bucks cover some ground, and could be getting something, I dont think these spikes and younger bucks, are goin anywhere, far enough to be getting anything While i know, you occasionally, see a little buck, busted, i seen a lot of them, push heads and stuff, but i, myself have never really seen spikes, and 1 1/2 really fight aggressive enough to break, as many as i have seen or heard about this year.
 

FF/EMT516

10 pointer
Nov 22, 2020
1,311
Caneyville, Ky
Me and @Grago texted nearly every day he hunted this year and every day he was telling me about another buck that had broke his rack off. Whether it was a spike with one broke off or a good one.
I think they’re missing some kind of mineral, the drought we had is the only thing that would make sense to me.
 

257Wmag

6 pointer
Oct 7, 2015
384
NC
Lower doe numbers means more competition for the ones there. Which that will cause more fighting for a mate and it will also result in bucks on the move more looking for a doe. If the buck/doe ratio is right it can make for some great buck action during rut.
Something to this, I was in Iowa last fall and never made it to KY lease but the crew had a hard time seeing grown does, killed very few. We paid for it this season, was seeing 10-20+ does a day through rifle. All big bucks disappeared, some scrub bucks half assed chasing but very little rut activity. Guess when there are does and acorns everywhere bucks don’t have to move much. Worst season we’ve had in years.
 

rockhousehunter

12 pointer
Oct 18, 2013
2,259
Salyersville, Ky
This is the worst year I've ever seen for busted racks. Both deer that my son and I killed had something broke or busted on them and everyone of the other "shooters" we had on camera were broke. Only had one "shooter" that wasn't, he musta been a puss.
 


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