Cape Buffalo: Low horn tip aesthetic?

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I’m not completely sure of the right terminology to use, but I’m hoping to learn from members about the Cape buffalo aesthetic I admire most (after age / solid boss), which is that the horn tips protrude no higher than the boss and preferably lower. Perhaps the terminology is drop or deep curl. Is this simply a genetic thing, and, if so, how prevalent is this gene? As I begin to contemplate a buffalo hunt I see a wide range of head gear, some with high tips, some flush, some low - the best (to me) worn or busted. Thank you in advance for the education!
 

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Genetics of course dictates how wide, how much of a curl and how thick a bulls horns are. As the buffalo matures with age the tips drop lower and wear down. Some old bulls will have tips that are lower some will have tips that are higher than the boss. Thus it is not the sole predictor of age. Most ph’s use the bosses characteristics in total including the presence of hair between the boss to estimate age of the bull. As for percentage of bulls with lower than boss horns I cannot guess. But I will agree I like them as well.
 

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