Big Game Antlers- a quick guide…

06 May

Antlers are awesome- from the wide antlers of Bull Moose, to the delicate branchlike growths of Caribou, no two are alike.  But can you tell the difference? Some people have a hard time remembering the difference between various types of antlers and their owners. Here’s a good way to remember- I use it all the time to teach my friends and family.

“Silent Waters” by John Seerey-Lester

Spread out your hands real wide and stick your thumbs on your temples, with you palms facing upward. That’s a Moose- with PALMATE antlers.

“On The Move” by George LaVanish

Now, move your outstretched hands to the top of your head, resting your wrists on the top of you head and your thumbs facing back. Curl your fingers like you’re holding a ball. That’s a Deer with their basket-like antler structure.

Whitetails and Mule Deer have Different antler structures-Whitetails have a single beam that arches over their head like a crown,whereas Muley’s branch upwards like a tree.

“Indian Summer” by Carl Brenders
Now, keep your hands spread wide and put your elbows against your ears. This resembles the single beam of Elk antlers that go back from the head and over the back. Your forearms represent the beam that the points extend from.

Remember these positions and you’ll be able to recall which animal owns which antlers- not to mention a neat way to teach folks about Big Game,  in a fashion they’ll never forget!

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25 responses to “Big Game Antlers- a quick guide…

  1. Patti

    May 6, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Very clever, nice article

  2. Noriko Macdougald

    May 14, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Very interesting

  3. Tanya Barkes

    May 19, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Couldn’t be written any better. Thanks for the insight

  4. K. Littler

    May 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Good post, thanks.

  5. Tanya B.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Couldn?t be written any better. Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He was always making antlers on his head. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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    May 25, 2010 at 6:53 pm

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    August 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm

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    August 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm

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  21. Tyson Dickey

    August 31, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Great Info! Thanks for sharing, my 6 year old niece loves making the motions for the antlers

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