Rare cactus buck in velvet

What is a cactus buck?

A cactus buck is a deer that has a condition called cryptorchidism, which results in velvet remaining on antlers and continuing to grow throughout the year. These male deer have low testosterone and visibly small testicles.

Man holding cactus buck deer
Man holding cactus buck deer

What is Cryptorchidism?

Cryptorchidism, also known as undescended testicles, is a condition in which one or both of a male animal’s testicles fail to descend into the scrotum. This condition can occur in a variety of species, including deer.

In deer, cryptorchidism can be caused by a range of factors, including hormonal imbalances, genetic factors, and environmental influences.

cactus buck deer antlers
Photo of cactus buck

Can you eat a cactus buck or deer with cryptorchidism?

Yes, you can eat a deer with cryptorchidism. As always, clean your meat good and practice good hygiene.

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