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Old Mar 20th 2013, 04:03 PM   #1
 toddhoeffel's Avatar
  Oct 2011
  Columbia City, IN
What your opinion of either first hand knowledge or "tribal" knowledge of tranquailizing your bucks to move them during the growing season? Other than undo stress for whatever reason?

For me, I have NOT seen any significant growth problems on those that go down easy or damage from thrashing around in a trailer. Have I been lucky or does anybody just say no unless absolutely needed? Thanks!
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Old Mar 20th 2013, 06:39 PM   #2
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  Apr 2009
  cental Pennsylvania

Cervid: taxidermy
I have noticed that when I dart bucks in March, they will start a little slower than the ones who were not darted. They always catch up by June though, then they chug along with the others.
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Old Mar 21st 2013, 02:58 PM   #3
  Dec 2010
  Sydney, Australia
If your darting males just before or during antler growth , a shoulder site may be better than the rump. I've seen enough contralateral deformity in antlers in several species if deer to believe this. If I must, I prefer the pressurised darts to do this as there is less trauma from the drugs being injected more slowly,than from the powder charged darts.

Cheers Sharkey
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Old Mar 21st 2013, 03:19 PM   #4
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  Columbia City, IN
Very interesting Sharkey, Thanks!
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