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Old Feb 26th 2015, 11:45 PM   #1
  Feb 2015
Best ways to remove velvet from antlers?

Can't seem to find anything on the hair removal. Guess it's a big secret*
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Old Feb 27th 2015, 02:10 AM   #2
  Jan 2013
  NJ, deer are kept in PA
Yup. It's an old Indian chefs secret that he only tells when he's drinking..
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Old Feb 27th 2015, 04:09 AM   #3
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  Apr 2009
  cental Pennsylvania

Cervid: taxidermy
I assume you are talking about taking velvet off a deceased bucks rack?

I play around with taxidermy part time. I have stripped velvet racks several times, however it's always when the velvet is really dry and about ready to rub off anyway ( sometimes a guy will shoot a buck in velvet, then later decides he prefers a clean rack and wants it removed) What I do is soak in a tub of water with a cup of Clorox bleach over night. The bleach softens up the velvet and removes most, or all the smell. If you are looking to remove velvet that was still pumping lots of blood ( like a buck that died in mid July) I believe there are some chemicals that can be ordered in my taxidermy books that help make it easier. I'll check into it. However if a buck dies in July, their racks are best preserved by freeze drying, if you strip the velvet the points will be very soft and porous and will break easily.
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Old Feb 27th 2015, 04:26 AM   #4
  Nov 2013
  Mission MN
If you remove velvet from antler that are not "hard" or fully developed you will find the antler will dry very porous. For taxidermy purposes you will not get satisfactory results staining this antler. For hard antlers in late stages of velvet , soak antlers for several days in water with a box of borax mixed in for control of smell. 5 days is usually sufficient and then pressure wash without heat.
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Old Feb 27th 2015, 09:48 AM   #5
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  May 2011
  Linesville, PA

I've boiled mine with good success.* The same way you would boil a skull.
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Old Feb 28th 2015, 11:01 AM   #6
  Feb 2015

Thank you folks.
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Old Mar 5th 2015, 12:20 PM   #7
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  Feb 2011
  Blair County, PA

Cervid: Whitetails
If they are full of blood its also easy to slice a little and peel like a bannana
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Old Mar 8th 2015, 09:03 AM   #8
  Jul 2010
  Grand Rapids, MI

I have used a power washer with good success on late season antlers that were covered in velvet.
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