Been wondering for a while now. With the seeming change to the seasons and weather effecting deer, just this year alone, there have been posts of roe bucks casting antlers in June and Fallow as early as October.
Caveat: this is purely hypothetical, has not happened to me or anyone I know, nor do I want to cause a slanging match between pros/clients etc.
What would happen if you were out stalking and encountered a possible trophy/medal buck. Took the shot but when reaching the downed deer discover an antler had cast 'fallen' off?? Shouldn't be a problem with red/sika or CWD, but with the odd roe and fallow known to have cast early and muntjac not having seasons, how would you fare???
Surely the guide hasn't done anything wrong, technically you shot a medal buck. But as a client would you be happy to pay for a one antlered trophy that 'could have been a bronze/silver/gold' if the other antler hadn't fallen off.