Bring on the rain !!

Today at least some biologists believe that the amount of rainfall during the late summer/early fall period also can have a direct effect on rack size. They base that premise on the fact that during the primary antler growth period a vast majority of the nutrients taken in go toward tissue and skeletal growth. Only after bodily needs are completed does the headgear receive preference.

Maximum body growth is typically attained around the first of August. That means that the availability and nutritional content of food taken in after that point should have a direct bearing on final antler size. Thus in wetter years, when the moisture level in the ground is higher via summer rains, antlers would/should be larger. Conversely, in the years when everything is pretty well dried up by mid-August, racks would suffer. Does this theory have merit? You be the judge.