Whitetail Science: Unicorn Buck Skull!

Hope you’ve been following our recent string of unicorn buck posts, I believe we’re compiling the most/best info on this unusual topic.

Thanks to Wren for this most recent photo from Texas:

Mike, this skull was found by a neighbor close to where Jake Steen shot his unicorn buck (scroll down below). Thought the skull would really help folks understand this phenomenon.

Yes, it shows the growth as well as I’ve seen it. Scientists say a unicorn tine is caused by trauma to the front facial bone, such as (and most likely I reckon) a tine puncture from another buck. Most of the unicorn tines I’ve seen (in pictures, never seen one in the wild) sprout from the bone area as shown in this picture to a bit higher up toward the skull.