"If you want to use the real velvet, you have to keep in mind that you're dealing with tissue and blood. All of that has to be preserved, and it's difficult to stabilize blood and tissue without stripping the velvet, which is very labor-intensive and costly, " Weicks says. "Plus, you have to protect it in the field. You can't pull that deer around by the antlers. In order to keep the velvet intact, you want to freeze the head as quickly as possible. Keep in mind, laws designed to stop the spread of CWD often restrict transport of animals. In some states, it's actually illegal to transport intact heads."