I wish I had pics of the bull one of our clients got when I was guiding on the west slope 2 years ago. ​ As the antler hardens, the male moose scratches … Why do bull elk shed their antlers each year? This means that these shed antlers are very easy to preserve. The elk are losing their velvet, which is the fuzzy growing layer that covers their antlers from spring until…about this time of the year. Reindeer Farm  5561 S Bodenburg Loop Rd, Palmer, AK 99645. Underneath the velvet is the bony antler that is so important to the reindeer. 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 They literally rot, and the odor will hit a 10 out of 10 on the gag meter. He still has it (just the rack) mounted with the velvet still on it. Still totally in velvet second week of the season - don't think he COULD rub it off. Even saw one nice 6x6 with this guy that had rounded tips on his top end and still has some growth to do. Due to Covid-19 the farm has safety protocols in place during your visit. So if you’re planning a visit to Alaska in August or September be sure to plan a visit to the Reindeer Farm. the velvet starts to shed in sep-oct and it itches, so they help rub it off using saplings, etc. Furthermore, the antlers continue to grow as the animal matures. The bull’s new growing bone is covered by skin with numerous blood vessels which we refer to as “velvet”. I have found shed velvet in bushy type trees; serviceberry, willow, gamble oak etc..They mostly strip off in one day. They shed velvet where convenient at the time. I don't remember ever seeing a branch antlered bull with velvet by the end of August. It did seem that the bucks shed velvet a bit sooner this year than most. BigAl 05-Aug-10. 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. So come by for a visit and look for the reindeer scraping and rubbing their antlers in the hopes of finally shedding their velvet. After it serves its purpose of protecting the young antlers, the soft furry velvet is no longer needed. "I was kind of surprised that elk shed that much earlier than deer.". Last year I found the velvet in the pic above. It seems around here that they shed velvet around September 3 or 4 (with some starting a week earlier). I seen 6 big bulls 8/15 and they were all clean also so seen a 5+5 rubing.8/15. Is it September yet??? The season usually opens around the 21st, and they don't have velvet. Asked by Wiki User. That’s an easy one: Because the cessation in blood flow leads to the “death” of the velvet covering. 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. 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. 6pointbull 05-Aug-10. Elk Velvet When the antlers are growing, they are soft to the touch or spongy, unlike horns. Bullhound 05-Aug-10. We All Know Buck’s Shed Their Velvet. Deer typically shed their antlers in starting in January, but mostly in February and early March. I’m SO happy you’re here and reading this. 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. 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. The third buck (1.5 years) shed on August 28. If you’ve ever been around dried velvet antlers, they can get pretty funky pretty fast. Click here to Learn more about activities, Click here to Learn more about winter reindeer tour, Click here to Learn more about santa experience tour, Click here to Learn more about gift certificates, Click here to Learn more about summer 2021 reindeer tour, Click here to Learn more about all activities, Click here to Learn more about reindeer sale & rental, Click here to Learn more about covid-19 mitigation plan, Click here to return to REINDEER FARM BLOG, Click here to email reindeertours@gmail.com, Click here to view location Reindeer Farm  5561 S Bodenburg Loop Rd, Palmer, AK 99645. 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. On rare occasions, bulls carry full racks up to six months later than average or don’t shed their antlers at all, usually a side effect from injury or irregular hormone levels. Those antlers are so needed! The procedure is generally done around June in the Northern Hemisphere and December in the Southern Hemisphere. The antlers can be used as protection from predators, … (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.”) Time Lapse Antler Growth The fuzzy skin that covers antlers as they grow is terrifically concentrated with blood vessels and nerves. One was at about 6500 ft and one was at timberline. Like deer and elk, moose shed their antlers every year in the late winter or early spring. Shed hunters can only pick up antlers that have been naturally shed by deer and elk in the wild. Nice shots CK! Some have suggested that early velvet shedding is drought related. Just talking about this stuff gets me all geeked up. In most parts of the country, the antler growth for whitetail deer is done for the year. Contrastingly, deer in areas with poor nutrition tend to shed their antlers earlier in mid-December. As males age, their antlers grow in bigger each year. Q: Why do tule elk drop their antlers every year?-Teresa, El Cerrito. When the antlers are full grown the velvet dries up, and the reindeer begin to rub it off because it itches. 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. Here's a bull that was fully rubbed on Aug 11th this year. After it serves its purpose of protecting the young antlers, the soft furry velvet is no longer needed. Sometime between September 1 and 15 bucks will shed their velvet. Elk Rut in September and Deer Rut in Nov or later... Not too surprising..... Terry. In the spring months of March and April, bull elk drop their antlers due to biological changes in their hormone levels. This one is looking like he has an itch to scratch...From 8/14. Saw a fair number that were rubbed off and some that were not or were just starting. yes, deer shed their antlers in january-february. Deer, elk, and moose, actually all drop their antlers at different times starting in those shortest days. to get rid of it. Elk shedding velvet Elk. Bull moose shed their antlers in late autumn or early winter, after the end of the breeding season. Whitetail deer antler sheds have a wide variety of uses and are becoming more popular as a crafting material and for home decor. When Do Bucks Shed Their Velvet. The antlers can be used as protection from predators, one toss of their head can inflict some serious damage! But When? I have not seen one shed yet this year, be it branched bull or spikes. A healthy bull elk can produce up to 10 pounds of velvet a year! I will be out again this coming weekend to stash some supplies and I bet the big 6x6s will be without velvet. Many domestic animals like goats, sheep, and cattle have horns. Spring months in elk country are unpredictable at … This time of year is also when reindeer shed their velvet. Velvet is hair-like in appearance and tex He and one other really big bull were rubbed already. All good questions my friends, I’ve got answers straight from the farmers! +1 6pointbull 2nd or third week of August. The Archery season opened a week earlier than usual. 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. Top Answer. Then over the course of the summer, their antlers grow back. When they grow in, a moose’s antlers are covered in velvet. Click here to learn more. However, it can range over a week period or more, easily. What is velvet? Open Year Round by Appointment Only. Robert Hoague. The antlers no longer fill with blood or nutrients, and the velvet will eventually dry off. Adult whitetail deer antlers can grow ¼ inch per day, whereas elk antlers grow about an inch per day. Stik'n String 05-Aug-10. I usually find velvet the first weekend of season here in Colorado. 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. 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. Within days it would have shed. 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. Stillman 05-Aug-10. And why do they shed it? Just a few weeks after a whitetail deer or elk sheds its antlers, a new set begins to grow. 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). Who sheds it? All the smaller bulls are still in full velvet. Late summer in Alaska. 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. Interestingly the males lose their velvet in August, starting earlier than the females. It was a weird bull, though... apparently perfectly healthy but a really tall & narrow rack. Around the 14th of August. Some spike bulls never shed there first year velvet. I have seen them in winter with velvet many times. Why do reindeer shed their velvet? First of all both male and female reindeer grow antlers. I am assuming with only a month away from hunting season the big bulls are or have shed their velvet.Do they usually rub it off,the velvet:),in the same area? Click here to learn more. Join us as we dive deeper into the farm, the history, the seasons and the animals here in Butte, Alaska. Deer antlers are the only mammalian bone structures to regenerate completely every year. Image 5 of 15 6 | Tempers Flare Why do bucks shed their velvet? Deer can shed its velvet within a single day or less if it is determined. 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. It was a 4 point, so it was legal, but its antlers looked like 2 old indian war clubs. You could also witness reindeer shedding their velvet up close and personal. Females, or cows, weigh 500 to 600 pounds. Once the males are just about finished the females start losing their velvet. What is velvet? Antlers have blood vessels, nerves, skin, cartilage and bone. Yes, the velvet is soft and visually appealing, but at some point, the deer needs to shed the material to reveal its new antlers. The tarsal glands of cryptorchid bucks are rarely stained because the bucks do not rub-urinate. Thick as my wrist, about 2 feet long, then 4 points sticking out at all angles from a knob at the top. The farm provides cut trees and, oddly enough, street sweeper brushes at this time of year to aid the reindeer in this process. Usually around mid aug. around here. While the antlers are developing and growing they are covered with a soft substance called velvet. In winter, long, coarse guard hairs overlay wooly underfur. Deer antler velvet is the Reproductively, they are in neutral. Measured out close to 300" but with only about a 26" spread. LOL. The good nutrition helps maintain a deer’s testosterone levels for longer. See photos of these two bucks in the Gallery below. Elk are much larger and heavier than white-tailed deer. Posted by Robert Hoague | Sep 5, 2016. The bulls I saw yesterday were still in velvet, and appeared to still be growing. Driven by increasing day-length (photoperiodism), a mature bucks antler growth begins around April 1 in the North and ends when velvet is peeled around September. These bulls have made it through a fall rut, the breeding season, and most of the winter. 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. Horns are keratinized tissue and antlers are organs. 5 6 7. In … 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. Cant wait for Sept! Horns are permanent, they grow from their base up, and both males and females may have them. The largest bulls polish first and are usually done by the end of August. They shed these antlers every year in late winter or early spring and begin to grow a new set of antlers in spring. Killed 15 Aug last year. Why do elk have velvet on their antlers? And males dress to impress the females with their impressive antler display that say’s “I’m a stud”. Virtually all mule deer will be in full velvet until the latter weeks of September, possibly later. I would say around the 15th-25th depending on the year. On the same glassing run I saw a big bull that had not rubbed at all. I was kind of surprised that elk shed that much earlier than deer. We say that the antlers have completed their growth at this stage as they are no longer receiving nutrients. they start growing antlers back in may-june and are in velvet then. 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. As testosterone surges in male moose, around September, the velvet will shed (see video) and the antler bone hardens. You don’t even have to do anything – just leave them somewhere to dry and you are finished. 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. 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. Contributors to this thread: FlatLndr 05-Aug-10. Favorite Answer. Antlers are not shed, and they remain in velvet year round. At this time, an elk's body is tawny brown or brownish gray, with the nec… On a reindeer farm, there’s a lot going on as well. Also, the necks of cryptorchid bucks do not swell as the breeding season approaches. rambows 06-Aug-10. I believe they rub saplings/small trees for marking territory and staging/displying after the velvet is shed and continue through the rut. Underneath the velvet is the bony antler that is so important to the reindeer. While moose start dropping their antlers the earliest (in December). 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. A: First, what is the difference between horns and antlers? I am excited that I finally got my cameras out so it is going to be interesting. It grows, as the antlers grow, to protect them as they get bigger. It is almost exactly like what it sounds like, a soft velvety fur cover on their fresh antlers. When that velvet dies, it starts to decompose. Growth is triggered by increasing daylight and subsequent testosterone production. Every other bull we saw that week was fully shed and dark with rubs in the middle of the rut, except this guy. 2010-05-16 17:54:37 2010-05-16 17:54:37. Elk here in west central Colorado have no velvet by opening day, except for some young bulls. Click here to Due to Covid-19 the farm has safety protocols in place during your visit. Cowboy in Colorado 05-Aug-10. It’s definitely an interesting time to visit the farm. Then the hardening process begins, which usually takes 20 to 25 days. The busy summer season is winding down, and the days are a little less busy, and the farm begins to prepare for fall. Elk, on the other hand, start losing their antlers in March and into April. Elk shed last, between January and April, though the great majority lose their racks in March. By this time, these antlers have hardened and are solid bone. cnelk 06-Aug-10. Speaking of nutrition, deer that roam the Midwestern farm counties, where nutrition is good to tend to shed antlers later on in mid-January. Last year, there were bulls killed in velvet in Utah. Calendar In fact, antlers are the fastest bone growth in the world. They rub on just about anything to get that velvet off and uncover the antler that most of us would recognize. As of Thursday of last week Idaho bulls had their velvet on. I hope to get some nice photos like CK has. This shedding process is amongst the goriest sights in nature as the dense blood vessels burst and the velvet falls in red rags from the deer’s rack of antlers. In late summer and early autumn, the antlers shed off the velvet skin, leaving the bull with a set of 40-pound antlers. … The summer pelage is short, thin and colored reddish brown. AZStickman 05-Aug-10. Very round at the tips. 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. Antlers still attached to skulls must remain in the woods. Answer. Wiki User Answered . Females can use their antlers in the winter to clear away snow from their food sources. Why do reindeer shed their velvet? 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