Watch a big mule deer freshly shed its velvet.
It’s about to be that time of the year again. Deer and elk across the country are finishing the growth of their antlers and rubbing off the fuzzy velvet covering their antlers.
A hiker in Colorado captured a mule deer thrashing its velvet off, giving the first glance of its antlers for the annual rut.
The buck vigorously rubbed the bush to rip off its velvet and it appeared to do the trick, exposing a fresh set of bloody antlers.
The rapid growth of antlers is a natural phenomena in the world we live. Velvet is one of the fastest growing tissues in any mammal. Just a mere 5 months ago, bucks had no antlers or just nubs of the start of their velvet. Now they are ready to ditch their velvet and display their new bone.
If this doesn’t get you a little excited for deer season, then I’m not sure what will.