Mule Deer Antlers for Sale

Below you'll find a selection of mule deer antlers for sale. You can click on the view more antlers link at the bottom of the products listed here to see additional antlers.

Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) antlers branch forward, forking equally into 2 tines with a spread up to 4 feet as opposed to white-tailed deer antlers which are larger, curve forward with tines (or points) branching from the main beam. Antler growth typically begins in February or March. Yearling bucks will often have a spike or two-point frame for the first year of their life.

It is a known fact that nutrition is a key factor of white-tailed deer antler growth, but very little has been written about mule deer antler growth. I found a study of Mule Deer Antler growth by Brian Wakeling (Arizona Game and Fish) (see link below for reference).

They examined 1794 harvested mule deer from the Northern Kaibab in Arizona and measured the number of points (per side) and spread of the antlers.

They had a very good sample size for young bucks, but data for older bucks were scarce (i.e. had only one 8 1/2 year old buck harvested).

They found there was very little difference between the number of antler points at cementum age = 3 (3.5 years old) and age 7.5 (sample size small) and the maximum antler spread was reached by age 5.5. (Cementum aging is basically estimating age of an animal by examining the teeth - by counting annuli rings that are deposited - similar to counting rings on a tree).

The 1.5 year old buck had and average of 2.5 points per side (5 points total) and an average antler spread of 11.8 inches. By age 2.5, the number of average points increased to 7 points (3.5 per side) with an average spread of 18.1 inches. The 3.5 year old bucks had an average number of points of 8 (4 per side) with an average spread of 20.9 inches. Bucks aged at 4.5 years had 4.25 points per side (8.5 average total points) and a spread of 23.2 inches. By age 5.5, the number of points had increased to 4.5 (9 total points), but antler spread did not increase. By age 7.5, the average number of points increased to 9.5, but the average spread remained the same as 5.5 year old bucks. The single 8.5 year old mule deer buck had 13 points and an antler spread of 25.2 inches (see link below for reference).

I have attempted to extrapolate data from a graph in Wakeling's paper to Table 1 below (data difficult to interpret as points were represented as continuous lines instead of discrete age classes).

Table 1. Mule Deer Antler Growth in Arizona

Age (years)Avg. # Points per SideAvg. # Points TotalAvg. Antler Spread (inches)
8.56.75 13.025.2

(data in Table 1 from Brian Wakeling see reference below).

Mulies Gone Wild Mule Deer Hunt Highlights

The Boone & Crockett record for typical mule deer antlers is a score of 226 1/2 from Colorado in 1972. The Pope and young record (typical) is 203 1/8 in 1979 also from Colorado and the North American Shed Hunters World Record for a matched pair of typical mule deer antlers is 186 3/8 from Wyoming from sometime back in the 1970s. The World Record for a single mule deer shed is 96 1/2, and since it is also from the 1970s in Wyoming, it must be the best single antler from the the matched pair mentioned above.. Too See more World Records for mule deer antlers as well as other species, click on the link below. Remember that some of these records for shed antlers that have not been claimed. So the shed you have in your basement may be a record. Check it out.

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Literature Cited:

Mule Deer Antler Growth - and Hunting Management on the North Kaibab, Arizona - Brian F. Wakeling