Antler coloration is variable between bucks,some have very dark and often chocolaty colored antlers and some may have bleached white or almond colored antlers. But the reason behind the color variations in whitetail antlers is not easy to pinpoint Many whitetail hunters can see differences in bucks they’ve harvested over the years from the very same deer stand. So what determines antler color in whitetail bucks? The folks at the Quality Deer Management Association have some interesting insight into this theory with Whitetail biologist and Director of conservation Kip Adams.