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Old Jan 12th 2010, 07:33 PM   #1
  Apr 2009
  Hallock, MN
I was told once by a master scorer(SCI) that antlers would shrink , some considerably, due to the drying time required for scoring hunted bucks. Does anyone know a % of average shrinkage after drying period is over? Just curious. Thanks in advance.
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Old Jan 12th 2010, 07:58 PM   #2
  May 2009
Depends on the particular antlers and how they are stored.

Actually they start shrinking as soon as velvet is rubbed off-so even antlers on a live deer are shrinking .I measured two different bucks this year once when testing then once again while collecting-a 150 class shrunk 3" inches in 6 weeks a 200 class shrunk 6" in around 8 weeks.

Some of that was due to rubbing as some deer even rub their beading smoother ect.

A friend had a head mounted and officially scored in twenty years it shrank around 8" if I recall correctly

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Old Jan 12th 2010, 08:08 PM   #3
  Apr 2009
  Hallock, MN
myself and 3 others scored a set of antlers this year right after cutting them (mid 200's) and then they layed in a shop heated with a wood stove till just recently. the taxidermist scored them 11" less than the average of what the rest of us came up with. Among 4 of us we were within 3 " of each others gross score originally. I was surprised to see such a difference in the score from then till now but maybe sitting next to the wood stove for that long took its toll on them.
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Old Jan 12th 2010, 08:22 PM   #4
  Apr 2009
  Carrollton, MO
It makes you wonder what the Jordan buck would have looked like the day he was shot....
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