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    Stag Elk

    Has anyone seen one?

    I've seen many deer that have lost their boys but I don't think I've ever seen a bull elk. Have you?
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    Never elk, but they don't hang out where I live! I have seen stag moose however!

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    Never herd of the term "stag elk", how are you defining one?

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    "Stag" in this case, generally means a deformed antler growth. It's usually caused by an injury to the testicles when the buck/bull's antlers are in the growing stage. They don't shed the antlers and are generally sterile. A more technical term for it is "peruke head".

    I've seen it in moose a couple times and several times in deer. I have seen a photo of an elk with it.

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    Years ago I shot a buck deer that was a "stag". It had no balls and deformed antlers that were still in the velvet in late October. It was really fat and was one of the best eating deer I have ever taken.
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    Stag Elk

    Husband missed one with a bow two years ago on opening day. Still couldnt decide if he was late shedding velvet or a stag. Seemed odd to us, he wasnt deformed by any means and was a decent raghorn bull.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rammont View Post
    Never herd of the term "stag elk", how are you defining one?
    As in a stag deer. No testicals causing velvet on their antlers yet round and never shedding their antlers.
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    Scott and I discussed this today.
    We came to the thoughts that elk are much more hardy animals then deer. The elk can jump a fence much easier then deer so count that out. Elk can handle the cold better then deer can so count out the boys freezing and falling off to frost bite. So that pretty much leaves being gourd during a fight. Assuming that that doesn’t happen very often would be the reason non of us have seen them.

    Maybe they would be killed in a fight by having no testosterone and being a submissive bull with a big rack that doesn’t have the drive to fight off a rutting bull?
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    Saw one that got killed in the 90s in oregon. Helped feild dress had the sack but it was empty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nv-hunter View Post
    Saw one that got killed in the 90s in oregon. Helped feild dress had the sack but it was empty.
    What was his rack like?
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