What Exactly Is a “12-Point Buck”?

An mature male deer with 12 antler tines or protrusions is referred to as a “12-point buck.” The typical 12-point deer would have six tines on each antler, arranged symmetrically.

Early April is usually when bucks start to grow antlers in response to the increased sunshine. The antlers have fully formed by late summer. A deer’s genetic makeup, age, and diet all have a role in determining the overall number of points on its antlers.

Between the ages of 4 and 7, bucks reach their ideal antler size. A balanced diet gives the deer the nutrients they need to develop a more striking rack of tines.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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