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Antlers: Story tellers of deer history

October 22, 2011
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

Iowa WHITETAIL DEER are our most common big game animal. Iowa will have an occasional mule deer wander into the state, same for an elk or moose. As members of the family Cervidae, all deer including caribou grow new antlers every year and they loose those antlers every year as the daylight length begins to lengthen in late winter/early spring. It takes quite a bit of energy and minerals from their own bodies and food sources to grow these true bony structures unique to each species.



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