It takes several years for the antlers to reach their full size. Antlers are made of bone. Every year they are shed and regrown. Whilst they grow, the antler is supplied with blood by something called the ‘velvet’. In September the fallow deer antlers are fully grown, and the velvet dries out. Once the antlers have been cleaned by the stag, it is ready to combat in the upcoming rutting season.
After shedding the antlers, new ones are regrown.
Young bucks develop two spikes in their second year of life.
Every year after shed the antlers grows bigger.
After approximately 4 years the antlers reach its full, shovel-shaped size. It can weigh up to 3,5kg.