I haven't hunted bears since I left Montana, 1974! Always saw lot's of them up there but seldom see one in Oregon. Even when I lived on the west side, just never saw them. And Oregon is supposed to be a better bear state than Montana!
I will be up in Idaho 15 May for spring bear and looking forward to it. It will be my first spring bear hunt so it will be a new and exciting hunt I am sure. Good luck on your hunt and hope to see some photos. I hope to post some photos of my hunt the end of May.
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...