I was wondering what peoples opinions are on the trophies taken from early season Bucks. I only get stalking a few times a year and one of my favourite times is in April at the start of the Roe Buck season, cool weather, no midgies, low vegetation and sociable stalking hours! I have two skull mounts from Bucks I've shot in April, one was still in velvet and one not long out of velvet. I have them both mounted and on the wall. This year I shot my first summer Buck in July, lovely little beastie with a nice six points so I've mounted his skull too.
It has really struck me the difference in colouration between the antlers now, the early season ones are a lot duller/grey in colour compared to the summer buck. I like them natural but I was wondering what other peoples opinions were, do you leave them natural or colour them to make them look darker and more stained?
I have used a antler colouring I got from Bushwear on a Buck skull I have mounted on my shed, it had been prepared for me and the antlers had been boiled white! It worked well but has not lasted, I'm not so bothered as it's outside, but the ones in my living room I want looking well. Here's a photo of one from April and one from July.