How to Remove Antler Velvet


Shooting a buck deer that still has velvet on its antlers is an exciting experience for many hunters, primarily because it is out of the ordinary. Often, bucks have scraped most or all of the velvet off their antlers by the time the season begins. Hunters who mount their own deer, though, generally remove the velvet in order to preserve the antlers. Doing so it not difficult, but it takes time.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Pliers
  • Pot
  • Water
  • Brush
  • Bleach
  • Remove as much of the velvet as you can with a knife and pliers. It often will come off in large sections. Take care not to nick the antlers with the knife.

  • Fill with warm water a pot large enough to hold the antlers. Submerge the antlers and let them soak for three hours.

  • Pull the antlers out and rub a brush over them to remove any remaining velvet.

  • Replace the water in the pot. Put the pot on the top of the stove and turn the burner to high. Wait until the water reaches a rolling boil. Place the antlers in the boiling water for 15 to 30 minutes, which will harden them and cause the pores to close.

  • Rub the antlers with the brush a second time to ensure all velvet is gone.

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