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By Sigrid Olson

Fallen antlers are spring treasures

From button to shed


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

These are different elk, white-tailed and mule deer antler sheds found throughout the Blackfoot Watershed. The smaller ones are from younger deer.

With the weather starting to warm up, south slopes are baring off and outdoor enthusiasts can be found searching for newly dropped antlers. Shed hunting for these treasures is growing in popularity.

Montana ungulates include caribou, deer, elk and moose. They are from the family Cervidae because they are even-toed and grow and shed their antlers each year. Antlers are made of bone and grow from the tips.

Antelope are also even-toed ungulates but belong to the family Bovidae. They have permanent horns like bison and big-horned sheep.

Horns grow throughout the bovid animal's life. They are ma...

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