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Tangled tines tell the tale

April 12, 2014
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

TANGLED TINES from battling deer happens. Most shoving matches between male white-tailed deer using their antlers usually ends with the dominant buck proving his superiority. The winner chases away the loser. No antlers are locked together. Additional proof of buck deer fights is also evident periodically when a hunter notes a broken time, a piece of missing antler resulting from the power of a previous clash between rival deer. The broken tine base may be rubbed smooth at the point where the break happened. One can only imagine what the missing tine would have looked like by comparing it the opposite antler.



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