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Why do deer shed antlers?

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White-tailed deer shed their antlers each year, usually in late December and early January, said Bob Kirsch, Two Harbors area wildlife manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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"Particularly in a northern climate where you have tough winters, the antlers are more for some type of reproductive display purposes," Kirsch said. "There's not a lot of reason to be carrying a lot of weight on their heads through the winter. It's more of an energy-saving thing."

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