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Offline Naches Sportsman

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Preserving fully velvet antlers
« on: September 30, 2017, 07:53:31 PM »
How do you go about preserving the velvet on antlers? A co worker salvaged this guy after he got hit by a log truck in August and left the skull here on top of the cache.  Mice got to it a little bit, but otherwise the velvet is still on.



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Re: Preserving fully velvet antlers
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2017, 08:04:55 PM »
I took my elk still in velvet to the taxi, he has it in the freezer to freeze dry. He said it will be at least 6 months before it's ready.
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Re: Preserving fully velvet antlers
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2017, 10:22:11 PM »
Buy velvet tan online or stick in freezer for 8 months.

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Re: Preserving fully velvet antlers
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2017, 08:41:06 AM »
Buy velvet tan online or stick in freezer for 8 months.

Buying the velvet tan you have to inject it with a needle. They say you can just brush it on and it will soak in but after mine failed I talked to a couple other people who all said it needs to be injected to work.

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Re: Preserving fully velvet antlers
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2017, 09:31:00 AM »
If you have to inject it depends on how early in the season. I they are soft, then yes you should inject the solution. I've done a couple of spike elk where the velvet was firm and not spongy. In both cases I just brushed on the tanning solution. Making sure that I saturated the velvet. Then I wrapped the spikes in plastic wrap and let it set for a couple of days (refrigerated). After a couple of days I took off the wrap and let them air dry.

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Re: Preserving fully velvet antlers
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2017, 10:27:54 AM »
Man, I'd think it would be stinking by now
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Re: Preserving fully velvet antlers
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2017, 10:32:51 AM »
Leaving mine in the freezer for 8 months then will thaw and brush on velvet tan. And hope.  But were late season - velvet in this weather !

 

 

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