In the UK, six species of deer can found in the wild
Antlers are bony structures, distinct from horns, and are unique to deer. During the rut, male deer use their antlers to compete with rivals for the right to mate.
In an annual cycle, a deer’s antlers develop during the late spring and summer. During growth, they are said to be ‘in velvet’, and they are shed or cast the following spring.
Since Mesolithic times, people have been using deer antlers for tools. Today deer antlers are crafted to produce a wide range of items including furniture, lamps, walking sticks and accessories.
Deer antlers come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from large and impressive Red Deer trophy antlers to the smaller antlers of Roe Deer and Muntjac. They are available as shed antlers (also called cast antlers), or with a part or complete skull; you can also purchase a deer head mount or shoulder mount as a taxidermy specimen.
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