Monday, 14 December 2015

#690 Deer antlers


Male members of the deer family, including moose and elk, grow antlers which are extensions of the skull.
Their main purpose is to attract females and to fight other males.  Antlers and shed and grow back every year.
When a buck is growing antlers, they are referred to as being in "velvet".
Along with moose and elk, the two other deer species found in Wyoming are Mule Deer and Whitetail.

Below are etchings showing the difference between a Mule Deer and Whitetail buck's antlers.
Notice the points on a muley's antlers split and fork in two directions while a Whitetail
 buck's antler points grow off of one main beam and do not fork.





Below, is a recent sculpture of a Whitetail entitled, "Swamp Buck".


Below, is an etching of a Mule Deer entitled, "The Itch".



Below, is a little oil study in progress of a Whitetail buck.



Below, is a sculpture of a Mule Deer head study.





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