Whitetail deer grow non-typical antlers for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s genetic, but many times it could be that the animal is injured by a car strike, a battle with a rival buck, or a hunting event.
Generally, a deer will grow a non-typical antler on the side opposite of the injury. In this case, however, the rack is so unusual that determining a cause for this occurrence is difficult. As unusual as this buck became, it evaded hunters for four years, as described in this piece from North American Whitetail. <==== (click here for full story)
Heath Buchanan's Joker looks to have far more points than the 12 ruled scorable. As with most other cactus racks, a number of them are only a fraction of an inch in length.