Ben asked, “Mitch, I was looking at your pictures of some of you bucks over the past 10-12 years. Many of them appear to have a similar look, with that wide spread. Is this genetics of a certain area that you hunt? Do you believe that genetics have a bearing on antler size/spread, etc. I know nutrition and age have a great effect, but how much do genetics have on this?”
Genetics probably have the biggest impact on antler size, spread, etc. The problem is, though, most bucks never reach the age when you can really see the genetic similarities from generation to generation. A buck must get to 3-4 years old to hit maturity to show this. As I stated in a previous question, most bucks get taken at 1-2 years old.