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How to tag a deer in the velvet
Deer season starts here in a couple of weeks. Saying that I am lucky enough to get a buck down I would like to have it mounted with real velvet.
The AZ tag is adhesive backed and is required to be wrapped around the antlers.
Does the adhesive ruin the velvet? Is it ok to tag them like an antlerless cow elk? Is there a way to tag them without getting the adhesive on the velvet?
Lots of questions, hopefully someone has the answers.
Id carry a small piece of paper to wrap around the antler. Then I'd stick the tag around the antler so it sticks to the paper.
It's still around the antler so you're legal, but the sticky side isn't touching the actual velvet.
Yep, and you could do the same thing by reversing a piece of duct tape so the outside of the tape is touching the velvet and then put the tag around the tape.
Only peel off the ends of the tag.......then wrap around and adhere the two sticky sides. Then no sticky portion will touch the velvet. Easy peasy.
AZ G&FD would be your best bet.
I think when they mount velvet bucks, they remove the velvet and put fake velvet on don't they???
Like BOHNTR stated--
Simply peel back the end edges on both ends and stick those together after ya wrap the antler----
Good luck, Robb
You can tag a buck through the tendon on the back leg, it doesn't have to be on the antlers. If you read the back of your deer tag it will show you how it can be done and give a brief explanation. When you take the meat in for processing you have to have the tag as well. same for the mount. I just make a copy of the tag for the meat processor.
here is the regulation number R12-4-302
a. for a deer, elk, or antelope, seal the tag around the antler or horn, or through the gambrel of a hind leg.
We use our Tag Guardians. Waterproof vinyl holder attached with a hunter orange zip tie. Life time warranty! Please check your state if it is acceptable to their DNR. Good luck
"I think when they mount velvet bucks, they remove the velvet and put fake velvet on don't they???"
No, as long as you cool the antlers like meat, and get them to a taxidermist quickly, they inject them with a formalin type compound and use the real stull. My mule deer mount has the real stuff on it. They do have some fake stuff if yours is damaged
Scar Finga, thanks for posting that. The ability to tag through the gambrel was what I tried to research unsuccessfully.
I do not think the Tag Guardian would meet the "seal" aspect of the AZ regulation, as the tag could be removed and re-sued if the adhesive aspect is not utilized.
Matt, No problem... Tagging can be a little confusing, some states make it easy, others... not so much.
The tag bag as I like to call it DOES NOT meet the requirements of the reg I posted. You have to remove the full backing and stick it together. Once they are stuck together, they are almost impossible to pull back apart without it tearing up the tag.
Guardian... Nice Buck!!
Good Luck this season!
Step 1: Shoot a bull in velvet...
Thanks Scar Finga, I have tagged several cow elk on the back leg, but for some reason was sure that you had to tag a buck or bull on the antlers.