Do deer antlers shrink after they’ve been left to dry for weeks, months or years? We get this question a lot here at Deer & Deer Hunting. Before answering the question, we always have to ask a few questions of our own, because the final answer isn’t always cut and dried, pardon the pun.
The short answer, however, is this: Contrary to popular belief, whitetail antlers do not normally shrink much from the time the deer is killed until the mandatory 60-day “drying period” required by clubs like the Boone and Crockett Club, the Pope and Young Club, Safari Club International or the Northeast Big Buck Club.
In most cases of a Boone-and-Crockett class typical (170 inches or more), the rack won’t shrink more than 1 or 2 inches from when it is “green” dry until it is considered completely dry….