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What is deer antler made of? 

Antlers are composed of bone. Horns are composed of keratin (same material as hair and fingernails) on the outer portion and live bone on the inner core. Antlers grow from the tip; horns grow from the base.

Schomburgk's Deer Skull and antler 

What is animal horn made of?

Horns are composed of a bony core covered with a sheath of keratin. Unlike antlers, horns are never branched, but they do vary from species to species in shape and size.

horns

Do deer antlers fall off each year?

Deer grow and shed antlers annually. Males typically begin growing a new set of antlers in late spring. 

shed antlers

Is it painful for deer to shed antlers?

It takes a few weeks for the tissue to break up, and then the antlers shed. This does not cause the deer any pain. Deer don’t have antlers during the winter.

Where can I find deer antlers in the UK?

You can give yourself an increased chance of finding antlers by looking in places where deer jump fences or ditches. That is where they may jar them loose, you could also look at where stags squeeze under a low branch.

Are your items ethically sourced?

Our deer antlers and skulls come from animals that are culled as part of deer management programme and are never killed for trophy hunting, some are found dead from natural causes. The deer antlers that are shed come from living deer that cast them every year. Other skulls are obtained from old collections and road casualties.

Did you know?

Between 1999 and 2018 over 17 thousand causes of DVCs ( Deer vehicle collisions) have been reported in Scotland alone. Official figures and their breakdown can be found in the link below:  https://www.gov.scot/publications/management-wild-deer-scotland/pages/20/ 

Do we buy?

Yes we do! We are interested in buying and potentially trading equally ethically sourced goods. See https://antlershornsandskulls.co.uk/we-buyfor contact details. 

How long does the shipping take?

It takes 3 days for the items to be delivered within mainland UK. Faster delivery can be arranged at extra cost. 

  How much is the shipping?

 Shipping to mainland UK is free for orders over 50£.

 Where can I check if something is legal to buy or sell?

 Some animals are protected by CITES. This can be checked either using their common name or preferably latin name on https://speciesplus.net .We throughly check these before listing items on this website and always make sure to include licence number if required.

What does CITES mean?

CITES, which stands for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, is a global agreement among governments to regulate and monitor international trade in species under threat.  Some species listed CITES require licences to buy, sell, trade or display. This website displays licence numbers for relevant specimens as required by law. https://cites.org/eng

What does taxidermy mean?

Taxidermy is the art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals and especially vertebrates.

Do taxidermists kill animals?

No, taxidermists do not kill the animals they use as mounts. Most taxidermists are, in fact, animal lovers who only want to preserve the animal’s beauty in an artistic and scientific way.

What is taxidermy stuffed with?

Taxidermy is not actually stuffed but mounted with a mannequin which is an anatomically precise sculpture of the actual animal. The eyes are made of glass or acrylic. The only thing that remains of the original animal is tanned skin. 

Can you taxidermy a human?

 Although some might like the idea of having an everlasting monument of their skin displayed in the family home, taxidermy for humans is currently illegal and unlikely to be satisfying for your loved ones. Historically however there have been few cases of human taxidermy most notably that of Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher, jurist and social reformer.

 How do taxidermists clean skulls?

Taxidermists  started using dermestid beetles for skull cleaning. These little beetles are nature’s vacuum cleaners when it comes to removing dead and decaying flesh, skin, and hair. To see beetles in action watch the video below.

Where can I learn more?

About deer visit British deer society https://www.bds.org.uk About taxidermy https://www.taxidermy.org.uk