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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-29-2019, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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Velvet

I typically don't start deer hunting until early Oct and by that time I'd say most bucks already have their velvet removed. I have my eye on a couple nice bucks that are visiting my one spot most evenings. I'm planning on going out the 1st week of the season (I'm hunting Maryland and it starts Sept 6). I just seen the boys last night and they still are in full velvet. I've never shot a buck in velvet before. Is there any special care that needs to be done to the rack when they are still in velvet?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-29-2019, 08:58 AM
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I asked a similar question a few years ago and here was the answer: Dress the deer, get the head on ice and take DIRECTLY to taxidermist regardless of time of day.

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Don’t touch the velvet. You can crush it and cause it to come off
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I would highly suspect that even if they still have velvet on their antlers now they will be shed out of velvet before September 6th. Almost all bucks will be shed of their velvet by the end of the first week in September. They typically go from about everything being in velvet to about everything being out of velvet within that first week of September time period.

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Checked cams 2 days ago had 3 that were clean.
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They're shedding in the south central PA so I can't imagine too many bucks having velvet in MD 10 days from now.
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I would highly suspect that even if they still have velvet on their antlers now they will be shed out of velvet before September 6th. Almost all bucks will be shed of their velvet by the end of the first week in September. They typically go from about everything being in velvet to about everything being out of velvet within that first week of September time period.

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Thanks, I'm kind of hoping they are clean when that day comes, but just want to be prepared incase they aren't and I get lucky with harvesting one of them.

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Last year on eastern shore on 16th still had bucks in velvet. Missed a big 10 in Delaware after 12th last year. On 22nd last year had 3 respectable 8’s in velvet work by me at 60 yds in 5d. Please remember deer father north will shed before there southern brothers
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It seems most bucks around me start rubbing around the second week of September to mid September so you might have a chance.

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Thanks, I'm kind of hoping they are clean when that day comes, but just want to be prepared incase they aren't and I get lucky with harvesting one of them.
You do have some hope. My first/only velvet buck was arrowed in MD right after the archery season opened. That year, I want to say it was a Sept 7 opener and killed that deer a couple of days into the hunt.
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