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hard velvet. what to do?
Feb 4th, 2017 at 9:15am
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got a nice 12pt with hard velvet, id like to get it mounted in a couple of months when I have the $$$ and a headskin (cut throat my bad) anyways does it need special preservation or will the velvet stay like it is? whats the best thing to do with it now?
  
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Re: hard velvet. what to do?
Reply #1 - Feb 4th, 2017 at 8:17pm
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Freeze the antlers if you want to retain the velvet, as Taxidermist will need to preserve. If it just drys on head will ultimately split and look bad, and insects will eat it! and probably smell.
If hard enough, then strip and allow to dry and drain, and you or taxi could stain up. If wont fit in freezer whole, cut one antler of just below the coronet, can be put back on again later.
  
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Re: hard velvet. what to do?
Reply #2 - Feb 5th, 2017 at 7:08am
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thanks for the reply. ill try fit it in the freezer, im keen on getting it mounted with velvet on even though its completely hard underneath.
  
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Reply #3 - Feb 6th, 2017 at 11:49am
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I am in the same situation mate, except my stag won't fit in a chest freezer. Managed to sort a walk in freezer for the moment, but am looking to have the velvet preserved on the hard antler underneath. Freezing asap is crucial apparently.
  
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Re: hard velvet. what to do?
Reply #4 - Feb 6th, 2017 at 7:49pm
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SCHMIDTa wrote on Feb 6th, 2017 at 11:49am:
I am in the same situation mate, except my stag won't fit in a chest freezer. Managed to sort a walk in freezer for the moment, but am looking to have the velvet preserved on the hard antler underneath. Freezing asap is crucial apparently.

My son got 2 8pt sika stags just off hard and into freezer then down to taxidermist.
  
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Reply #5 - Feb 8th, 2017 at 8:08am
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Antlers have to go in the freezer asap.
PM me if you want to know how to have them done.
  
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Taxistag wrote on Feb 8th, 2017 at 8:08am:
Antlers have to go in the freezer asap.
PM me if you want to know how to have them done.


thanx, have them in the freezer and going to drop them off at the taxidermist next week... a highly recomended fella was bloody rude when my hunting mate rang to ask for advice on what to do with them over the weekend, wont be getting my business thats for sure  Angry
  
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Re: hard velvet. what to do?
Reply #7 - Feb 9th, 2017 at 7:50am
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I'm sorry to hear that you got a rude response from who ever was recommended to you. I heard a story last year about a hunter that had the same experience in regards to velvet antlers.
But this is not common...NZ taxidermists are a very polite bunch of people.
Sorry you had this experience.
  
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