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Old 04-14-2017, 04:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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do you guys think this will be a good chance for elk still in velvet since it is a late drop year?
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Old 04-14-2017, 05:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is it a late drop? I didn't think there was such a thing. I know some bulls shed later than others but I think it's considered common for bulls to shed between February and April. But I'm no expert on this. Curious if this year was considered a late drop for some reason.
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I was just reading something the other day saying deer drop by now, but elk can hold on until mid-May.. So it's not late yet..
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Old 04-15-2017, 06:54 PM   #8 (permalink)
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WTH? Deer dropping babies in April? Are you guys nuts?

Gestation for mule deer is right around 200 days. June/July is the main peak of birthing. I watch a semi-tame doe drop her babies next to our house every year, its always around the first week of July. Some might drop early to mid June, others later in July... all depends if they get bred on their first cycle mid-Nov or later on in mid-Dec.


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They weren't talking about fawns they were talking about sheds from what I understand. With it being a late antler drop I guess the theory here would be that the deer and elk will have less time to get rid of their velvet before the hunts start.
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They weren't talking about fawns they were talking about sheds from what I understand. With it being a late antler drop I guess the theory here would be that the deer and elk will have less time to get rid of their velvet before the hunts start.
Ah my bad. I was talking to someone earlier today about fawns "dropping" and misinterpreted the entire thread, my bad.


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I don't think there will be any higher likelihood of a velvet bull this year than ones past.
If people are talking about fawns being dropped they may mean fawns being aborted due to the poor body condition of the doe.
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