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True or False: What do you really know about Antler Sheds?

 

True or False: What do you really know about Antler Sheds?

Antlers are only found on male members of the Cervidae family.

   FALSE

While this is true for “most” members of the family, including deer, elk and moose, female carribou have horns, just like the males.

Antlers are the same things as horns.

 FALSE

Antlers are made of bone, not chitin. Horns are found on animals like sheep, cows and goats. Horns also do not normally shed, unlike antlers, which (usually) shed yearly.

Antlers are solid from the moment they start growing.

FALSE

Antlers are actually spongy for the first several months of growth, and it’s not until late summer or early fall that they begin to harden. The testosterone in a buck is linked to a photosensitive ‘timer’ which measures the available daylight. When days start getting longer, mid-April to early May, they begin to grow in the first ‘bud’ of their antlers.

Antlers only fall off due to fights for dominance during breeding season.

FALSE

Antlers fall off due to a number of reasons, including but not limited to fights. They also naturally fall off following the decrease in testosterone that occurs after the rut. An ‘abcession layer’ forms between the antler and the pedicels ((the what? It needs a definition)), until the antler becomes loose and falls off. Usually this occurs during late November or early December, as the days begin to grow shorter and the nights longer. This is also the best time to go out and start hunting for shed antlers.

Sunny days are the best to go out and look for shed antlers.

FALSE

Rainy days are actually the best. Bundle up and go out to look for things that shine. The bone will reflect light better during the rain than it would were you to look through dead grass or trees with full sun.

You need to search EVERYWHERE to find sheds.

FALSE (well, mostly)

Admittedly, sheds can be found anywhere within a buck’s range… But normally you’ll find them not far from where they feed.

We will buy your shed antlers.

TRUE!

We love to buy your shed antlers! We can even make amazing things out of them like mirrors, furniture, and chandeliers!

We can teach you to make your own antler chandelier.

TRUE!

If you don’t want to sell your shed antlers, or wait for us to make it into something for you, or maybe you’re just a do it yourselfer. We offer a DVD that can teach you to do the work for yourself, letting you create your own unique piece to showcase those hard-won antlers.

To talk more about this, or anything else, please Contact Us.

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