I like to take photos of them, watch them out in the wilderness but fully agree with Critter as I love them in my freezer, on my dinner table and hanging from my walls. Nice part is my wife feels the same so it is not just a guy thing.
I think hunting animals (at least humanely hunting them, and following guidelines...) is a big part of loving them. If some of them aren't taken out each year it hurts the population as a whole. It's kinda like putting a beloved dog to sleep- when the time comes you know it's the right thing to do. It's sad; but necessary.
If you want to properly preserve velvet antlers, you will have to inject & brush them with formaldehyde or some of the new less toxic chemicals (4 in 1 solution works great as does Knobloch's antler in velvet tan) as its easier to use however, both will work.
First, using rubber gloves take a razor blade and make small incisions at the tips of all points about 1/8". Next hang the antlers upside down, allowing the blood to drain. Starting at the bases inject the solution into the...