Deer starting to Loose Antlers…found any?
Well you won’t see deer showing up at the Loudoun lost and found in search of their antlers but they are starting to drop them now so it’s a good time to be on the look out as you walk along a trail.
Last year, looking out towards our birdfeeder area from my indoor window perch, I spotted something new on the ground….it looked like a stick of sorts but it also looked a little different. So, out I went to check it out. Upon inspection I discovered it was a deer antler. After all these years of seeing deer through our yard, I often wondered where all the antlers were and why I hadn’t stumbled across one. I thought it was a neat nature memento and brought it inside. I like knowing that this antler is from one of the deer that calls our yard home and I still have it today, sitting on a side table in our study.
We had a nice little article in the Habitat Herald about deer and their antlers a few years ago that tells about how deer grow antlers and what happens to them out in the environment. Here’s a fun fact from that article: “The younger the deer, the longer it keeps its antlers. A deer with a full rack of antlers in May is much younger than a deer that lost its antlers in January.” It’s a pretty interesting article, worth clicking on the link above for a quick read.