I have set of velvet caribou antlers from a cow I shot last August that have been in my freezer for almost a year. I was hoping they would freeze dry and be preserved well enough to hang them on the wall. Do you think they are ready after a year? I don't want to pull them out, just to have them rot in a few days.
I was also wondering about stripping velvet off of early season caribou. I noticed last year that the tips were still really soft. Is the bone formed enough in mid-August to strip the velvet off and keep the antlers or will they still rot at the tips? Maybe strip it and salt the tips?
Thanks for any insight you may be able to provide.