Early dropper-dark coloration and smell

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  1. meyeri

    meyeri PMA Member

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    So, I found this very interesting, I picked up a shed off a buck I know well. He had already shed one side on the 21st of December. Awesome side with great mass, but the antler smells like a deadhead; that's a first for me on a shed antler. I've never seen an antler stained dark in certain portions like this one either.

    So, can their antlers get infected even when hard? The buck appears healthy and even in October his antler had the same dark staining. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Some pics of him from November too. Kind of a lanky fella. [​IMG][​IMG]

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    I don't know about the dark coloration but is this a possible wound????

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    It could be, I wondered the same thing. No exit hold on his opposite side so not sure what that is from.

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    Dark antler discoloration could be from an injury in velvet. If it happened while antlers still had a blood supply it may have trapped some blood inside the antler accounting for the dark color. Might even account for some bad smell for a while but not likely until it shed... I don't think. Wasn't buried in a cow flop was it???
     
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    Wasn't in a cow pile. Lol. The 4th pic down you can kinda see how his G3 is stained just like on the shed. I'm guessing he had an infection in velvet or velvet injury like you described. Here's a close up of some of the discoloration on his beam. There is some pitting and the surface is scratchy/dry in comparison to the rest of his antler. Just hope he survives till next year! [​IMG]

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    I have found a few sheds like that over the years. Sections are porous and rough, maybe a tine tip or beam section. I believe it's a velvet issue, wonder if it's like a hard bruise during a certain stage maybe.

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    I have found one that had a rotten odor also.
     
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    Run it though the dishwasher and put it in the garage for a couple months. the smell will go away. I think it's the coyote piss that makes them smell.
     
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    Found a big 4 point side a few years ago that was nice enough I wanted to put it in the nice shed pile inside. Like yours, that sucker smelled like road kill. I tried cleaning it and scrubbing it with soap and even some low strength cleaning products and it still had an odor. Decided it belonged in a mineral tub in the machine shed haha.
     

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