1) The most important thing in velvet antler care is to get the velvet antlers frozen as quickly as possible.
2) Try to handle velvet antlers the least amount as possible – the heat from your hands can cause the velvet to “slip” or rot from the antler. Handle as gently as possible.
3) Cape out deer quickly in order to get the velvet frozen as soon as possible to keep it from deteriorating. You may carefully cut the antlers cut off skull or you can freeze the entire head and cape.
4) If you need to get the antlers to fit in a freezer, you may split the skull between the antlers. If you do split the skull, it’s important to get measurements between the spread of the tines in order to accurately recreate the mount.