This is the second year in a row of spring and summer rains that were well above average!
This allows the plant to pull in more mineral rich water that when consumed by the big buck deer and the trophy elk.
The lush foliage and grass is digested while the water is processed (4 stomachs) extract the liquid minerals from the ground are broken into what the body can use like Calcium and Phosphorus which are the two key components for bone and antler growth in mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, moose and other antler bearing animals. Even pronghorn antelope which have antler and horns technically use it to build larger bases but no one focuses on that, mainly just deer and elk.
How much bigger does that mule deer or whitetail buck or even bull elk get when we get a wet spring or summer. ?
This is where is get down to the unique part of each animal and the variables, as animal age, genetics, how much they eat, how much of the water is just water and how much
Mineral is prevalent in the area the deer feeds.
In spring even though horn growth is a key, the first thing the minerals are used for is rebuilding the Mule and whitetail deer or elk body back to where it should be after it lost as much as 30% of its body weight over the winter, and this includes minerals. Once that is replenished is when the antler grow steps up its speed greatly. You notice at first antler growth is slow then about 30 days into the growth process the growth seems to double in speed of growth.
Every bow hunt, rifle hunter, muzzleloader hunter and even pistol hunter should look at this as “Cheating Mother nature” on antler size. Weather you are taking a trip to go deer or elk hunting or in a deer or elk club hunts should be good with fat bucks and huge bulls in tall grass waiting for you to hunt.