This buck died in the prime of his life in the fall. He was a healthy specimen as can be determined by his large, multi-pronged rack (antlers) and his teeth. Male deer, elk, and moose have antlers made of bone. They shed the antlers in the late fall and grow new ones the following spring. This is a skull that I use in my science outreach programs, it was given to us by a TN Wildlife Resources Agency agent.