U.S.-based species with the best antlers


Antelopes and cattle aren't on this list since they have horns, not antlers. Despite their similarities, antlers and horns are very different.


Caribous are one of the few species with female antlers. The average male antler is 4.25 feet long. Female antlers average 1.5 feet. In Europe, they're called reindeer. In North America, caribou are wild while reindeer are tame.


7-foot-tall moose weigh 1,300 pounds. Male antlers can be 6 feet long and 40 pounds. Late August, they shed them. Moose utilise their antlers to charge bears and wolf packs. They can also slap or kick with their front or hind legs.

White-Tailed Deer 

White-tailed deer antlers grow in bursts and are quick. Regrowth occurs in spring and summer. This coincides with mating and breeding season, so they can use antlers for dominance and to attract females.

Rocky Mountain Elk

Rocky Mountain Elk has the biggest antlers. Elk subspecies use antlers for mating. Males fight for a female's mate. Larger antlers imply better health.

Tule Elk

The Tule Elk is a North American icon. They replenish native grasses in their habitats by grazing on them. Dwarf elk are the smallest elk subspecies.

American Antelope

Antlers vs. horns Antlers are horns, however not all horns are antlers. Some antlers are long and some are small; some have unusual shapes, like the moose's palm-shaped 79-inch antler.

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