Old 08-10-03, 07:48 PM
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Is there any way to preserve the velvet on antlers for a successful mount? I've heard something about freezing them does this sound right?
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Velvet antlers

Velvet is fragile, especially at certain times and preservation tends to be challenging. Taxidermists once injected formaldehyde into the veins inside the velvet. Because formaldehyde is carcinogenic this method of preservation tends not to used. Bird feet solution from taxidermy suppliers has produced mixed results. Some report soaking antlers in turpentine or gasoline, but this is not recommended. Bacteria and insects can attack velvet, and velvet can be damaged while transporting. Freezing may result in spoilage during thawing process. It is best to consult with your taxidermist for suggestions.

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