Rack gurus take a look at five different shed antlers and share tips for estimating prices and selling bone.
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Finding the shed antler off the whitetail you chased all fall can make you feel like you’ve struck gold. And if that antler is big enough—and you’re willing to convert your picked-up treasure into cash—you just might have. Sheds aren’t going to sell for thousands per ounce, but cast antlers do carry value. Two things matter most: big and fresh. Antlers are graded as “brown” or “hard white.” Brown antlers are fresh. Hard white sheds are just as they sound, white from age but still sound in structure. We rounded up five antlers of varying sizes, weights, and freshness and asked a couple of shed antler gurus to, um, shed some light on their approximate values. Here’s what they had to say about these cast-off treasures.
Photos By Justin Appenzeller