What is an antler?
Elk, Deer, Moose, and other antlered game shed their antlers annually. This process is due to hormone fluctuations which stimulate the shedding of antlers and the re-growth of new ones.
During the amazing growing process, an elk’s antler can grow up to 2” per day. The new growing antler is covered in a fuzzy skin called velvet, until the antler quits growing and hardens at summers' end then the velvet dies. They then rub the shedding velvet on trees and shrubs to help slough off the velvet revealing white antler. Throughout the fall season Elk rub their racks on trees and shrubs, which gives the antler their beautiful dark natural color.
The size and shape of an antler is dependant the availability of high quality food, and the animals health, genetics and maturity. In contrast the horn grown by a Buffalo or Bighorn sheep, does not fall off each year, but grows continually.
Do these antlers come from Yellowstone Park?
Of course not, it is not lawful to remove antlers or any other wildlife related products from any national park such as Yellowstone. Our antlers are found on public and private lands in 4 western states. The wild elk species that we collect the antlers from is commonly know as the "Yellowstone Elk" thus the name Yellowstone Antlers.
This is Yellowstone Country.
Nothing represents all that is wild and free quite like the awesome Antlers worn by the "True Warriors" of Yellowstone Country, the mighty Bull Elk. Used in battle to win breeding rights and establish dominance, the mighty Bull Elk's antlers are an amazing re-newable resource.
Each year at winter's end, the majestic Bull Elk sheds his mighty antlers, which signals the return of spring. This annual phenomenon of new antler growth is the most rapid process of bone regeneration in the known world. Mature bull Elk can grow up to two inches of velvet antler per day.
These natural treasures called "shed antlers” are to many one of Nature’s most awesome sculptures. As with art, each antler is a true original and no two are alike. Each antler tells a story about the animal, his life, health, genetics, and personality.
We hold a deep respect all Antlered Game, along with the pristine environment in which they inhabit. Truly it is our hope that they will always be found in plentiful numbers for generations to come.