Where do deer antlers come from?
If you’re looking to buy deer antlers, either for your home or to grace the walls of a hotel, pub or shooting lodge, you might be bewildered by the vast range that’s on offer. Deer antlers vary in size from tiny Sika Deer right up to an impressive set of Red Deer stag antlers, and they come from a number of different sources – some in Britain, and others worldwide.
Before you make a purchase, it’s important to know the size, species and origin of the antlers, and these pages should help you to make an informed choice.
Click on the following links to read more about each type of deer and its antlers.
- Red Deer
- Roe Deer
- Fallow Deer
- Sika Deer
- Chinese Water Deer
- Exotic species
Do you have limited wall space, or are you looking for an impressive set of antlers for a country house? You’ll find some size comparisons here.
PARK OR HILL ANTLERS?
The size and appearance of antlers depends very much on where (and how) the deer has lived. Read more about the difference between park deer and hill deer.
VELVET & COLOURING:
Find out about how a deer’s antlers grow, the importance of antler ‘velvet’ in their development, and how they gain their colour.
Find out about how antlers are ‘scored’ and how medals are awarded.
SHED ANTLERS AND SKULL CUTS:
Antlers come from a range of sources – for instance they may be naturally shed, or they may be cut from a dead animal, along with part of the skull. Read about the different forms here.
ABNORMAL FREAK ANTLERS:
Deer sometimes present mis-shapen, malformed or broken antlers which may be lethal if used in combat during the rut.
If you require identical sets of antlers for a display, or if you would rather choose fake antlers over the real thing, why not consider resin-cast antlers?
FIXING ANTLERS TO A WALL:
How to fix antlers to a shield and a wall.
‘CAPING’ A DEER FOR TAXIDERMY:
If you require a head or shoulder mount from a deer, this section tells you how to remove and preserve the skin so that it’s in the best possible condition for the taxidermist.
WHERE CAN I BUY ANTLERS?
To see a wide selection of deer antlers for sale, from exotic species right through to impressive red deer stag antlers, visit the UK Taxidermy website.