The vast majority of the whitetail bucks in our area shed their velvet during late August and early September. It is usually the larger bucks that shed first, but this is not a hard and fast rule.
First the velvet cracks and bloody spots appear. Soon after, the velvet peels off in strips. The animals usually hasten this along by rubbing tress and saplings.
Further Information On Bull Involved In Swing IncidentWhile editing photos from the recent Benezette trip, I found some shots of the bull from the August 20th swing incident, browsing on a tree in Benezette early in the morning on August 18th.