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antler

(ănt′lər)
n.
One of a pair of hornlike, bony, deciduous growths, often elongated and branched, on the head of an adult member of the deer family, usually found only on males.

ant′lered adj.

antler

single-tined or branched horny outgrowths from the frontal bones of male deer. Reindeer and caribou females also have horns. Antlers grow and are shed each year, becoming more complicated in structure as the buck ages. At the beginning of the season the horns are covered with velvet, the soft, hairy skin which produces the horn and is then shed to expose the horn which is itself shed the next spring.

antler amputation
a dehorning technique requiring considerable skill and experience to avoid losing the deer and to ensure regrowth of the antler.
antler farming
deer farming conducted for the sole purpose of annual harvesting of the antlers for quasi-pharmaceutical use.
velvet antler
the whole of the antler, including the velvet and the outgrowth of the frontal bone, before calcification.
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If there weren't deductions for symmetry, a buck with a giant left antler and a deformed right antler would outscore a perfectly conformed buck with a great net score.
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In fact, every year for the past decade, a group of friends has converged on my property to sweep up the antlers.
With the number of trail cameras hanging in the woods these days, it often takes but a moment to identify the deer and know for sure if the two antlers both were his.
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His antlers were heavy, at least 34 inches wide, and carried their mass all the way to the four-point crowns on each side.