His antlers were exceptionally heavy, forming a box from the front and, from the side, showing tremendous and almost perfect palmation
I showed the pictures to my wife immediately after they came up on the computer screen, and we both noticed the palmation
he had on both sides of his rack.
Brow palm form was recorded on 863 left antlers and 811 right antlers of the 1,965 antlers examined; palmation occurred on 13.1% and 12.4% of the left and right sides, respectively.
We describe the variation and age-related changes in antler and brow palm form, number of points on both main and brow palms, maximum spread, height and width of palmations, distance between innermost points on the brow palms, and shaft circumference.
The sculpted buck's lower jaw was crafted from flat, palmated antlers, while antlers with a less pronounced palmation
formed the hooves.
The tines have been snapped or cut off at a transverse angle and usually retain some portion of the palmation
. Several of the tines show pitting or damage at the tip, but it is not clear whether this damage is cultural.
I estimated ages of males by body size, size of antlers, degree of palmation
, and comparison with antlers of known-age males at a local fallow deer farm.
The most striking thing about the rack, however, is its palmation
. The third circumference measurements on each side are amazing.
The top tines on Quebec caribou tend to be short, and upper beam palmation
is seldom deep, two traits that can reduce record-book score.
On the way out that day we found a huge shed antler with nine points and heavy top palmation
. We talked about it on the long slog back up the mountain, into the clouds.
Not that it made much difference to me, what it did lack were the kicker points that grow off the main beam, a second shovel and large top palmations
. But it was a magnificent bull, regardless of perceived shortcomings.