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Many sportsmen book Western deer and elk hunts a year or more in advance. Since what animals eat in early spring and summer affects the size of antler growth, many hunter wonder what the fall season will be like. Will antlers be smaller, larger, or about average in size? Great news: Ryan McSparran reports that antler-growth conditions have been prime, with lots of rain during the antler growing season. Here’s his post on the Flat Tops News website.

Although antler growth ends in September, food and nutrition in spring and summer determine antler growth.
Although antler growth ends in September, food and nutrition in spring and summer determine antler growth.

Do you have your elk hunt booked for 2015? If so, start getting excited. Here in Colorado and across the Rocky Mountain west, we’ve received record levels of rainfall through the months of May and June. After a relatively mild winter with warm temps through January and February, this spells great news for big game hunters.

May was the wettest month on record for many parts of Colorado, wiping out drought conditions. The national weather service is predicting mild weather and good precipitation to continue throughout the summer months.

Heading into the second week of July, things are looking green all over the state. Here in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, the grass is tall and our elk herds appear to be in excellent shape. Already, antler growth is as good as we’ve seen it in years. Both bull elk and mule deer bucks look heavy horned and fat… [continued]

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