Antler Identification

by Lisa
(Minnesota)


I found this antler while hiking in the mountains in Colorado. I am having a hard time identifying what type of antler this is. It appears to be the wrong shape for an elk, and far too big to be a deer. My uncle thinks it's a moose, what do you think? It's perplexing me.





Hi Lisa,
Thank you so much for thinking to ask us to identify the antler you found.

Your uncle's guess is correct, that is definitely a moose antler. The antler is probably from a younger bull moose,around 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years of age.

It is also entirely possible that the antler is from an elderly bull as well. One that is well beyond his prime and has started to loose the ability to grow antlers well.

Most likely though a younger bull.

Congratulations on a great find! Lots of people go into the woods hoping to find antler sheds and come up empty handed. You did well to find this one.

Keep looking in that area, you may find the matching one too. Hopefully before the rodents do.

Mark
"The Moose Man"

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