View Full Version : What Do You Do With the Shed Antlers?

02-21-2011, 12:11 PM
Just curious because the pet store I frequent always has a basket of deer antler tines. Apparently a lot of dogs like to chew on them. What amazes me the most is the purchase price for a 9" long narrow tine...$15!! That's over a dollar an inch!! And, they sell a lot of 'em.

I always thought it would be a great way to make some extra cash...finding sheds, cutting them into 6" to 9" pieces, and sell them to the pet stores.

02-21-2011, 12:22 PM
I too let the dogs chew on mine as well, they sure like them and I figure it may help them learn to find shed antlers and they must like the minerals in them.

02-21-2011, 12:40 PM
I pile mine in a corner and look at 'em. Takes too much time and effort to find them to let some durn dog chew on them. I do let mine chew on year old sheds or antlers cut off some buck folks didn't want, which does keep her in shape for finding them come Spring.

crimson n' camo
02-21-2011, 12:51 PM
They make very cool knofe handles.

02-21-2011, 01:07 PM
I could never make myself do anything with them, so they just sit around in various places. But, for that sort of price Id cut them up myself!

Alpha Doe
02-21-2011, 01:15 PM

I have yet to try it. Someday we hope to build a log cabin on the farm and I would love to have a few of these hanging and sitting around. All antlers would be from that farm.

Bowtech Boy
02-21-2011, 04:03 PM
A friend of mine cuts off the tips and brows and makes key chains out of them, they are really cool! Cut off a piece as long as you want the key chain, bout 3-4" usually. Buff it and sand it so it's smooth and then drill a hole and put the ring through it and you have a neat little key chain made from your shed!

02-21-2011, 04:35 PM
Alpha Doe,

I have a log cabin and really want a chandelier out of antlers that I have found... However, I have priced chandeliers out of elk and you might be amazed at the cost. I talked with a guy about building me one, and he wanted $6,000 :eek: seven years ago. Granted, I want a big one but someday I'll get enough antlers and have someone build me one much cheaper...

I actually had enought B&C antlers and lost them all in a fire. I had gathered them since I was a kid when we had really big deer... When I learned of the fire, I asked if any of my antlers were saved, and unfortunately they weren't! Terrible situation and the one thing that money can't replace since they were all from our properties and I had found them. Don't have the deer anymore to find those kind of antlers! :mad:


02-21-2011, 04:50 PM
Have a guy that makes knife handles out of them. The rest are hanging in the barn.

02-21-2011, 04:54 PM


02-21-2011, 05:42 PM


Very nice indeed. I think I will take the rack from my last deer and make a candle holder for my niece for her birthday.

02-21-2011, 08:56 PM

02-22-2011, 10:28 AM
A buddy of mine makes pen/pencil sets out of them. He made one for me last year out of a shed that I gave him. Nice conversation piece.

02-24-2011, 07:18 AM
I like the candle/key chain ideas. The owners of a lodge I know used all antlers for handles on the interior doors in all the rooms, as well as for cupboard/cabinet doors etc. Very rustic, and very cool.

M. R. Byrd
02-24-2011, 10:28 AM
The first thing I do with my shed is to date the knob with either a black felt tip or my marking pen for my cattle tags. Then I usually display somewhere around the ranch house. I need to get some leather straps or shoestrings to tie my matching sheds together so they don't get separated.

I see in the morning paper that someone in Kansas City is wanting to buy sheds, racks and mounts. I doubt if I would ever sell any.

Here is part of mine on the mantle.


02-24-2011, 01:03 PM
I have a ratan book shelf and interweve them into it. It will eventually become an arch. In 400 years the wood twill rtot away and the antlers will become fossils. HAHA! Just kidding on the age and fossil thing. They are on the boof shelf.:D

02-24-2011, 01:15 PM
Very nice indeed. I think I will take the rack from my last deer and make a candle holder for my niece for her birthday.

Nice to see GTF and Deerfly in agreement on Antlers!:D Sorry, I had to!:D
:eek: ROFLMAO!

I think I pulled an eye muscle doing a doubletake! I still like it though! Have to go ice it!

I also wanted to say I dream of one day having a property with a cabin where I could display my sheds in some way. Huntcamp is a little too small! I have also thought of doing some type of table center piece.

02-24-2011, 05:12 PM
As of now I have them on a shelf in my building but the attached photos have given me a few neat ideas.....:)