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Preserving Velvet

I have been doing some research on preserving velvet in the field. I have had two deer rot out and am looking to keep the natural velvet on a mount. Luckily the deer havent been worth mounting.

I plan on bringing a needle and fermaldahyde along with me. POking many holes throughout the velvet and flushing the liquid through.

Let me know if anyone has other approaches.

B. Byrd.

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Preserving Velvet

I think that I would go talk to a taxidermist before I started injecting formaldehyde into it. Since the antlers are usually already hardened and the velvet is only on the antler ready to be stripped off you would just be injecting it on an inert material. From what I have read the taxidermist can spray on a artificial velvet if you want that look on a mount. I have taken antlers that are in velvet and placed them in a freezer for a couple of months and that seamed to set it to the antler, now weather it really did it or not the antlers still have the velvet on them.

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Early august

My last two archery bucks have been quite soft. Killed around August 1st, they were both fairly soft and could have easily taken liquid. THe formaldahyde was suggested by a taxidermist.

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Preserving Velvet

Three years ago we went caribou hunting in Quebec they were in velvet. We did nothing to them in the field. When we got home we split the skull plate and put them in the freezer. For a couple of days and then sent them to a company and had them freeze dried. They turned out great. From taxidermist I have talked to this is the way to go. Because of the extreme temps. they are froze at. It cost $250 (smaller antlers i.e deer are cheaper) per set but is worth it. Search the internet you should be able to find someone to do this.

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Thanks

I appreciate the help. I will look into both.

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