White-tailed bucks carry a prominent set of antlers in the summer and fall, which are grown annually and shed in the winter months. A set of antlers is made up of a number of different points, called “tines.” The length and number of tines are determined by nutrition, genetics, and age. While the antlers are growing back in the spring, they are covered in a fine tissue that is known as velvet. The velvet supplies blood to the antlers, allowing for development.
Fact and sketch contributed by Kaleiah Schiller
Source: Big Game Logic. (2019). Whitetail Deer Antler Facts. Retrieved from https://biggamelogic.com/whitetail-deer-antlers/.