When deer shed the velvet covering their antlers, it can be a bit messy.
The velvet covering deer antlers is essentially skin that supplies nutrients and blood flow to the growing bone, antler, underneath. Once the antlers are fully grown, deer scrape the velvet “skin” off the antlers, which can sometimes be a gory mess.
Here are some pictures of deer transforming their skin-covered bone into beautiful antler racks.
What a rack!
You’ve got something…hanging there.
Deer boogers are also tasty.
Is that raccoon looking to scavenge some skin?
Shedding velvet makes it a little harder to hide.
What a pose.
Although it looks painful, shedding velvet does not hurt the deer. It itches but it is equatable to a snake shedding its skin.
Another good thing about bucks shedding their velvet means that hunting season is approaching. Some of these deer are just making their racks clean and shiny for your mantle.