There is something seriously special about wrapping your hands around velvet-covered antlers. Perhaps it’s the rarity, or the challenge of actually finding a buck in velvet.
Or maybe it’s the spirit of renewal found in the final stages of another year’s worth of bone growth.
Whatever the reason, most serious deer hunters dream of someday wrapping a tag around a beautiful set of velvet-covered antlers. There aren’t a lot of states providing the chance, but there are a few. Here’s what you need to know.
Antler growth comes to an end in late summer because the blood vessels supporting them dry up, causing the velvet to die. Once dead, the velvet falls off.