Why is a bit of antler showing on this button buck?

By Grant Woods,

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Can you explain this picture? Why is there a small point sticking out of this button buck?


Some button bucks are born earlier and therefore mature more during their first fall. If there’s good nutrition in their range a small percentage will grow enough antler to bust through the covering of their “buttons.”  This buck probably has a lot of potential if he’s allowed to mature! 

I hope you can identify this buck as he ages!

Enjoy creation,


February 7, 2016