I killed a buck on opening Sunday last year and he still had velvet on both of his back tines. But it also seems by the second Saturday in August every year 95 percent of the bucks are hard horned and hitting the thick nasty stuff to hide from the world.I’ve witnessed the same as amassi. Have had bucks in mid July hard horned while all the others are still velvet. Also have bucks still in velvet by A zone opener and after.
Typically most bucks in my area shed their velvet around the last few days of July/first week of August.