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Here's Why Your Deer Antlers Are All Chewed Up

Better find those deer antlers. There are wild animals fixing to beat you to it, and here's why.

Spring is quickly approaching, and deer antlers are starting to drop. It's an annual occurrence that avid deer hunters look forward too each year. However, when a buck drops his antlers, the race for hunters to find them before other wild animals do begins.

You've probably found a few deer antlers that have already been chewed on. Maybe even some that have been nearly devoured. The culprits vary, from squirrels, opossums, mice, foxes, coyote, beaver, otter, bear and even other deer. Lucky Buck completed a pretty cool trail camera study that documented these wild animals chewing deer antlers.

But why are these animals so compelled to find these deer sheds before we do? It's because they're filled with essential nutrients that make for a healthy snack. They pretty much have a shed hunting season of their own. Here are the five key nutrients animals get from chewing deer antlers:

  1. Protein
  2. Fat
  3. Fiber
  4. Calcium
  5. Phosphorus

Out of these 5 nutrients, calcium and phosphorus are the main two these wild animals are after. They need calcium for strong bone and teeth formation. It also supports healthy nerve function, muscle contraction, vision, blood clotting and milk production.

Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Antler Shed in PondPhosphorus is just as important. Like calcium, it enables healthy bone and teeth formation. Additionally, it plays a key role in producing protein for growth and repair. It also assists with proper organ function and energy storage.

Now that you know why animals chew your deer sheds, don't waste anymore time. Schedule your shed hunting rally now. The longer you wait the more likely they'll be chewed. We're not the only ones hungry for the bone.

Happy shed hunting!


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These Wild Animals Are Chewing Your Antler Sheds

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Here's Why Your Deer Antlers Are All Chewed Up