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How to preserve early velvet antler growth?

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by FIELD2FOREVER, May 5, 2013.


    FIELD2FOREVER The more I learn, The more I don't Know!!

    I took in a bou today for a euro that was harvested in early august last year. It's been in the customers freezer sinse then. Normally I would think these would be fairly freeze dried by now, but the antlers are in such an early stage of the growth process that the top 3 or 4 inches of each tine are soft and pliable. Any suggestions on preserving these would be much appreciated!
  2. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    There is injectable preservative you can buy or alcohol. Consider freeze drying. Problem is that the antlers are going to distort as they dry. Once dry you can also have them re flocked to look better.

  3. Kastaway

    Kastaway Taxidermist, Pioneer of Freeze Drying 1969

    Freeze drying will not distort the antlers if done correctly.
  4. skullclnr

    skullclnr Active Member

    With them being soft tipped I would freeze dry them. You can inject them with water and put them in your own frost free freezer to dry them out, but dont know how much time you have to mess with them. That trick was shared to me by a regular on here.
  5. gotta say freeze dry, even though its expensive
  6. big dan

    big dan Member

    Has anyone ever tried preserving with stop-rot?

    FIELD2FOREVER The more I learn, The more I don't Know!!

    I think I'll go with freeze drying, thanks for the input everyone!