The Whitetail’s first antlers

are usually a single spike. 

A three-yearold would be

expected to have eight

points, but there can

be more or less.  Antlers

begin to grow in late spring, covered with a highly

vascularised tissue.

Young males begin to grow their antlers in

the spring, then towards the fall the skin on their

antlers (called velvet) begins to deteriorate. The

velvet is very itchy and the young male will rub

its new antlers on anything possible just to stop

 the horrible itch.  Only the males have antlers,

which they shed in January to March, and grow

 out again in April or May.