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Black Stain On Antlers

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Randy, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. Randy

    Randy Huntin Chamios on Mount Cook, New Zealand

    I just started maceration. Was using beetles but for me they turned out to be problematic. The first skull I took out of the maceration water has black stains on the base of the horns. The skulls are not done yet but the antlers are stained. I use a larger black rubber cattle trough with a regulated water heater heating element at 90 F.
     
  2. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Pictures? Was this deer possibly still in velvet? It sounds like it might be blood leaching from inside the antlers. Let it keep macerating until the flesh is gone. Should be about two weeks depending on how much you cut off to start with. Do you remember if the antlers were chocolate colored before you started?