A lot of folks in the NW are complaining about the rain we’re having this week….I say, bring it on! More rain leads to better feed, and that means bigger antlers! Last hunting season saw many big-racked bucks and bulls being taken around the West. This was due to the wet spring and mild summer, both of which optimized antler growth.
I predict this season out West will be even better, with more big bucks and bulls being taken than last season.This past spring was one of the wettest on record for some states.
During the time of antler growth, rains spur the growth of quality vegetation which in-turn yields a nutrient-rich diet which optimizes antler growth. The fact heavy rains occurred from March through June–during the most critical time of antler production–leaves no question there are some big antlers growing. Recent mid-summer rains ensures the tops of buck’s and bull’s racks will continue growing.
Velvet covered antlers are some of the fastest growing tissues on the planet. Under optimal conditions, elk antlers in velvet can grow nearly two-inches a day. Combine rain, quality vegetation growth, good genetics and increasing daylight hours and the stage is set for big antler production.
To find these big bucks and bulls, summer is a great time to scout. I routinely start my scouting missions around July 10 and go through August. If you’re Western hunting area experienced heavy spring rains, and the summer heat is slowly progressing, you have all the reasons in the world to be excited about this upcoming season.
If you have a favorite scouting tool for this time of year, or something you’d like to share, we’d love to hear about it. Feel free to contact me through this website, Facebook or Twitter. Good luck, have fun and remember, we’re all on the same team!