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    If bucks grow their antlers according to genetics and nontypical points come from damage when they are in velvet how do they carry over from year to year without being genetic?

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    Hey....Non-typical horns are almost always a result of genetics. Yes, injury can impact antler symmetry, but genetics has more to do with it all than anything else. That's my imput anyway.

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    • #3
      its kinda 50/50 injury and genetics can influence horn growth

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      • #4
        it can be genetics but it really shows with old age

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        • #5
          By old age i mean 6+ or 7+

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          • #6
            Above...are ALL CORRECT answers!

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            • #7
              Mirrors?

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              • #8
                Older bucks often start growing nontypical racks as they age. But to answer your question "why do they carry over from year to year". An injury doesn't have to happen to the antler itself to cause deformity in antler development. An injury to a bucks leg or hoof may cause a deformity in the antler development on the opposite side of the animals rack. For instance, a buck receives damage to it's left front leg or hind hoof, that buck may well have deformity in its right antler for the rest of his life, every rack he grows may be deformed on that side. So if a rack is nontypical or deformed on one side check for damage to the deers legs on the oppisite side. Damage to the antler itself while in velvet may well grow back normal the next year.

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                • #9
                  they are just like humans skin cancer for example it can be genetic or caused by an out side force for the antlers being genetic it all depends on wether or not the genes were passed down just like cancer it cann be passed on or skip a generation or a few at that. but just like other things it can be caused by an outside force during the developmental staged and just an fyi they are called antlers antlers sheed HORNS DONT!

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                  • #10
                    So there is a phenomenon that isn't largely studied in deer populations that bears mentioning. Epigentics. Initially, this branch of science was largely discredited. Here's the thing for most everything Mendel with his peapods and dog ears was right, but not totally. In recent years we've had to go back and reexamine the idea of how much physical traits to the parents are carried over to the offspring.

                    Diet, Injury, and genetics all play a role. So a buck that is prone to a certain type of injury might injure himself in the same way every year.

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