I was out stalking does on one of my shoots yesterday afternoon close to Alford in Aberdeenshire and among the few deer I spied both bucks and does one deer stood out in particular. Whereas all the bucks all be it young ones had no antlers one buck, and a very large one at that had a good set of antlers growing. Yes they were in velvet but the size of them a good three inches above his ears. I put the Greys scope on him for a better look and yes, they were a new set of growing antlers. This is the earliest I have seen antlers this far on so early, not even the end of December considering they usually are cast in November. It has been a mild winter so far so perhaps this may account for it, even the wood pigeons are cooing here in Aberdeen and the daffodils are well up out of the ground.
Merry Christmas to you all