Sometimes whitetails grow antlers that are just plain goofy!
Everyone loves seeing big bucks and big sets of antlers. And most people really enjoy a big, perfect 10 or 12-point buck.
But I’ve got to admit. I do really like some of the wacky and goofy antlers that pop up from time to time too. Here are 12 strange sets of antlers we found on the Internet for #WhitetailWednesday that prove nature can be downright goofy at times!
These antlers look like something out of a Tim Burton movie. They’re really weird, but incredibly unique. I wish I’d found this one!
That’s a narrow spread!
I took this photo myself actually. The North American Whitetail Hall of Fame in Grass Lake, Michigan has many strange sets of antlers in their collection. This shoulder mount is one of the weirder ones. It’s not often you see main beams nearly touching like this.
Chewing on his antler.
This picture has actually been circulating the internet for years now but is worth a second share. To be fair, bucks with antlers that drop down like this aren’t rare. I photographed a mule deer with one in Wyoming. But this one is more uncomfortable than most simply because of the antler being IN the deer’s mouth. It’s probably best a hunter put him out of his misery.
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This one comes from Brandon Jennings of Drury Outdoors. Let’s face it, if you found the sheds off this buck and didn’t know any better, you probably wouldn’t immediately think they were a match. It looks like this buck definitely had an injury on that side.
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Here’s another strange one from Brandon Jennings’ Instagram account. He’s certainly getting some strange bucks on camera this year. We’re not sure what may have caused this buck’s strange antlers, but you have to admit, they are quite interesting-looking!
This one was a fan photo shared by Drury Outdoors a few years back. Obviously this is probably one of the most extreme cases of velvet injury one might see. It looks extremely painful doesn’t it?
It’s one thing to see one antler growing in the wrong direction. But to have it happen to both has to be exceedingly rare. You have to feel sorry for this poor buck. How did he see OR eat with his antlers like this?
What on earth is going on here?
It doesn’t get much stranger than a cactus buck and this one is one of the goofiest we’ve ever seen. It looks more like he’s wearing a strange furry hat than a set of antlers on his head. It’s not uncommon for weird cactus-style racks to be found on antlered does.
This is a set of sheds out of my personal collection. While you can see the right side was normal, albeit, broken off, the other side formed into this weird palmated, almost double-beam thing. It took me over a month to find the matching normal side some 400 yards away after first stumbling on the foot side deep within a swamp.
That’s a weird 5 point.
Now that’s a mis-matched set of antlers. This buck must have had a major injury on his right side for this weird lop-sided rack to happen.
We’re not even sure what to call this one. Those are some teeny-tiny, really weird antlers though.
Just plain ugly.
So this one wasn’t just lopsided, he’s a cactus rack too.
Mother Nature sure can be goofy at times. That is why nothing really surprises me with antlers anymore. You just never know what weird growth you’ll see next!