V E L V E T
White-tailed deer antler growth usually begins during the month of March or April.
Actively growing antlers are covered with a living tissue called V E L V E T,
because it really looks and feels like velvet material. During antler development, a buck’s antlers are both extremely delicate and sensitive to the touch.
By August or early September antler growth has stopped due to a sharp rise in testosterone level that triggers a shutdown of the blood supply to the velvet, which results in velvet dying and being totally removed with amazing speed, sometimes within hours.