Ask Game and Fish
August 8, 2019
Q: “What causes antler deformities?”
A: What makes some big game animals different is also what can make them desirable. Antler deformities — most common in white-tailed deer, mule deer and elk — occur because of injury, hormone imbalances or genetics. Antler deformities can take a variety of forms. Melted antlers look like a candle dripping with wax; club antlers can have large knobs or clubs growing off the main beam; and there are also cactus or spike antlers that have points in all directions off the base and burr.
One common reason for antler deformities is when a buck or a bu...