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Velvet White Tail Question

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by 13 point, Nov 24, 2021.

  1. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    So years ago I would soak my velvet racks I got in, in denatured alcohol for a few weeks then just let them dry , and never had an issue . I didn’t do a lot because the season came in well after they shed . Now I would just send out to freeze dry . But with shipping and drying it’s adding dang near $300 to the cost . So I told my client this and said I could soak them like I use to for bout 1/2 the cost but no guarantee. That said I soaked them and took them out after 3 week . They seem to be fine but parts of the rack stayed it natural color while other parts took on a whitish dry look . It’s been years but am I missing something? Did I forget something ? Should I put tanning cream on it to get color back , thanks for any info .
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    I haven't done whitetail but have done caribou, I injected them with velvet tan and then soaked them in DA and it has worked good with no noticeable color changes. I'm sure the tan would have been enough but I was concerned that I didn't get it injected everywhere.

  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Just one reply come on boys and girls . HELP LOL
  4. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    sorry. Iv never done one.
  5. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    I have both injected and soaked, but have never faced the issue with discoloration you are experiencing and cannot think of anything that would cause that. I don’t think applying a tanning cream would hurt, but neither do I think it would help restore the color at this point. It might, and it may not hurt to try it. If it were me, I would just airbrush the faded spots to match the rest of the antler. Sorry, it’s not much help. Maybe Joey will pop on here and see this. He has had a lot of experience with DA on velvet antlers and may be able to shed more light on your specific situation.
  6. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Thanks Mike for your input , was thinking bout the paint thing but it like the whole G -3 and part of the beam on one then the part of the G-2 and big area of the main beam on the other, kinda like if it had salt residue on it kinda look . I could take a pic or 2 if needed .
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2021
  7. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    The salt residue idea makes sense as a possible cause. In that case I think a tanning cream or the brush on antler in velvet oil, might actually clean the residue off and restore the color. Post a picture if you can. It would be interesting to see and it might help identify the cause of the discoloration.
  8. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Here’s a few pics of the rack 022C37A0-67FC-47A8-B566-7B61C216F2FE.jpeg D2AFE560-4501-4D3C-975E-7263A3922669.jpeg BC024F5F-61C8-46BB-BEA3-7D70F273AABB.jpeg