Here are all of the antlers I ended up with last weekend. The freak in the top left corner is the one I posted about before. I bought the others at a flea market and just paid $18 for all three racks. Nice deal!
The two small skullcaps will be painted after I clean them up. Might keep the big one, haven’t decided yet.
What a beautiful freak!
This is yet another goodie my dad picked up at an antique store recently. I swear that man has the best luck for finding cool stuff!
Not much was known about it except that it was shot fairly recently here in Tennessee. It’s an absolutely gorgeous freak whitetail rack! Nice coloring, no chips or cracks. The buck likely suffered from a severe injury to the side of the head or that smaller antler while it was in velvet, causing it to grow at such a dramatic inward angle.
Really striking antlers and I can’t wait to get a plaque to display them on!
Pathology Party Part 24
This is the skull from a very large whitetail buck. He was another rare “Vampire Buck,” and had one canine tooth. Sadly the fang was lost some time after the animal died. The root hole is still visible though.
He also had some strange bone growth around the zygomatic arches and mandibular fossa (the left side in the photo). I’d imagine that made chewing and moving his jaw pretty uncomfortable.
Pathology Party Part 5
This is one of my “Vampire Bucks,” which are whitetail deer with fangs. Occasionally, whitetail deer will have one or two canine teeth which are believed to be a genetic throwback, a reminder of their primitive ancestors. Estimates vary greatly but the general consensus is that it occurs in less than one percent of the whitetail deer population.