I had a brief read of shooting times this week and one of Richard Prior's ever knowledgeable comments struck a chord.
He seemed to suggest that deer exposed to high levels of artificial sources of protein/ nutrients may grow large, but not necessarily dense antlers.
We've been experimenting with nutrient licks on ground that also holds a pheasant shoot. Last winter we put down some rumevite blocks.
We've definately seen an improvement in the body weights and antler length/thickness. However, actual weights of the cleaned heads have been disappointing. For example, the buck in the photo, which is away for measurement, is unlikely to even scrape a bronze.
Has anyone else experienced similar, or have their own thoughts on factors that can cause an increase in antler density or pourosity?