When it comes to hunting whitetail deer there are a few things you should know about your buck. When you find yourself in that perfect position with a nice big buck in your sights, you are on cloud nine. Now that you’ve got him… what is he? Yes of course he’s a deer, but is he typical or non-typical? As you approach your buck take a look at his antlers. Is he a four pointer? A ten pointer? Or a 34 Pointer? If you”re thinking a 34-pointer, yeah right, listen up because it happens.
Let’s start with the Typical, as this is most likely the type of buck you’re going to encounter. Typical antlers are those that are symmetrical, the same on both sides. It looks like most of the bucks you see, there are antler points in the “typical” places and they match the points on both sides.
Now just count how many points all together and that’s how you tell how many points your buck is. If you want a proper score you can visit the Boone & Crockett Club to see how to measure your bucks antlers and compare it to other hunters bucks. World Record-16 points.
Now for the non-typical, the monsters. This category covers all bucks with racks that are asymmetrical. These racks can look deformed, strange and unnatural to some and incredible to others. These racks have an uneven number of points and usually grow in several directions including up, down and sideways. One of the most famous non-typical monster bucks is the Lovstuen Buck shot by Tony Lovstuen with a whopping 38-points! And you thought 34 was big.
This brings us to a third oddity that is safe to say is very rarely seen. A buck with two sets of antlers! Yes two full sets of antlers growing from one head. The deer in the center has sprouted a second set of antlers and it is clear to see that this doesn’t happen often. Along side of him are a couple images of other deer with a more than odd set of antlers. These guys would definitely make some interesting mounts and creative antler furniture and antler lighting.