Bucks in velvet have been appearing on the Mendonoma Coast. Each year they lose their antler and need to regrow them in the spring and summer. Velvet is a membrane that nourishes the new antlers. If you could touch the velvet, you would find it is hot.
Siegfried Matull recently photographed this big boy and has kindly allowed me to share it with you here.
Using the Western count, this is a four point Buck. Siegfried said the Buck was very curious about him and came quite close before ambling off.