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Different Types of Deer Species’ Antlers

Hunting and taxidermists enthusiasts alike enjoy collecting and showcasing many different species of deer in their taxidermy collections.

In this article, we’ll cover each of the different species of deer and their unique antlers which help the male deer stand out from other species. In total, there are over 90 different species of deer found throughout the world. Some of the most well-known species of deer include the whitetail deer, mule deer, elk, moose, axis deer, fallow deer, sika deer, and red stag deer.

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General Notes About Deer Antlers

The antlers of deer are made of bone and are shed and regrown annually. The size and complexity of the antlers can be an indicator of a male deer’s health and fitness.

Use

Antlers are used by male deer during mating season to attract females and establish dominance over other males. Antlers are also used in combat between males during the rutting season.

Velvet

Deer antlers begin to grow in the spring and are covered in a fuzzy layer of skin called velvet. The velvet provides a supply of blood and nutrients to the growing antlers. Once the antlers reach their full size, the velvet dries up and falls off. The antlers harden and the deer will use them to fight other males for dominance and mating rights.

Now, let’s go over the different types of deer and compare their antlers.

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Whitetail Deer

In North America, the whitetail deer is the most popular species of deer that hunters purse for their collection. If you’re a Whitetail deer or North American mammal taxidermy enthusiast, you should check out our whitetail deer taxidermy category.

Whitetail deer are distributed throughout North and South America. They are named for their distinctive white tails, which they use as a warning signal when they sense danger.

Whitetail Deer Antlers

The antlers on male whitetail deer are typically bifurcated, or split into two main branches, with smaller branches sprouting from each of the main branches. The antlers are shed and regrown annually, with each new set being slightly larger than the last.


Mule Deer

Mule deer, also known as blacktail deer, are found in the western half of North America. They are named for their large mule-like ears.

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Mule Deer Antlers

The antlers on male mule deer are usually bifurcated, but they can also have additional points or tines branching off of the main branches.

The antlers of mule deer can also be quite large, with some reaching lengths of over 30 inches.


Elk

Elk, (or wapiti), are one of the largest species of deer in the world. They are found throughout North America and Asia. Need to add an elk taxidermy piece to your collection? Check out our elk taxidermy here.

In some parts of the world, elk are called wapiti, and moose are called elk. Here are 5 key differences between the two explained.

Elk Antlers

The antlers of male elk are typically palmate, meaning they have a flat, wide shape with multiple points branching off of the main beam.

The antlers of elk can be quite large, with some reaching lengths of over 5 feet.

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Moose

Moose, also known as Eurasian elk, are found in the northern regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. The moose is the largest species of deer in the world.

Moose Antlers

The antlers on male moose are also palmate, with multiple points branching off of the main beam. However, moose antlers tend to be wider and more flattened than those of elk, and they can reach lengths of over 6 feet.

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You’ll find shoulder mounts, lamps with antler designs, and even full life size mounts (with or without custom habitats). Our best pieces are indicated by the Olympic Big Game Taxidermy collection.


Axis Deer

Axis deer, also known as Chital, are native to India and Sri Lanka but have been introduced to other parts of the world, including Texas and Hawaii.

Axis Deer Antlers

The antlers on male axis deer are usually single spikes, or antlers with only one point, that curve backwards.

Axis deer antlers are relatively small compared to other species of deer, with a typical length of around 30 inches.

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Fallow Deer

Fallow deer are native to Europe and have been introduced to other parts of the world, including North America and Australia.

Fallow deer taxidermy is one of the most popular types of deer taxidermy. Browse our fallow deer taxidermy here, or contact us with questions!

Fallow Deer Antlers

The antlers on male fallow deer are typically palmate, with multiple points branching off of the main beam. However, the antlers of fallow deer can also have a distinctive shovel-like shape at the base.

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Sika Deer

Sika deer, also known as spotted deer, are native to eastern Asia and have been introduced to other parts of the world, including the United States.

Our Sika deer taxidermy collection includes beautiful shoulder mounts, European mounts, and more.

Sika Deer Antlers

The antlers on male sika deer are usually relatively short, with just a few points branching off of the main beam. Its also worth noting that the antlers of sika deer also have a distinctive curve to them. The photo here shows off that distinctive curve and beautiful features of the sika deer species!


Red Stag Deer

Red stag deer, also known as European elk, are native to Europe and have been introduced to other parts of the world, including New Zealand and North America. Take a look at our Red Stag deer taxidermy here. You’ll find beautiful Red Stag shoulder mounts, pedestals, European mounts, and more.

Our best pieces are indicated by either the Olympic Big Game Taxidermy or the Global Exotic Taxidermy collections.

Red Stag Deer Antlers

The antlers of red stag deer can be quite large, with some reaching lengths of over 4 feet. The overall shape of the antlers are typically palmate, with multiple points branching off of the main beam. This creates a gorgeous, impressive set of antlers, which make the Red Stag one of the most majestic species to include in your taxidermy collection!

Red Stag Taxidermy

Père David’s Deer

Père David’s deer are a species of deer that are native to China but have since been reintroduced to various locations around the world. Their scientific name is Elaphurus davidianus.

Père David’s deer have a distinctive appearance, with a coat that is a reddish-brown color and white on the underbelly and around the eyes.

Père David’s Deer Antlers

They have long, narrow antlers that curve backwards, with multiple points branching off of the main beam. The antlers can reach lengths of over three feet and are shed and regrown annually.

The antlers of Père David’s deer are unique in that they have a distinctive forked shape, with the main beam splitting into two or three branches towards the end.


Coues Deer

Coues deer, also known as the Arizona whitetail deer, are a small subspecies of deer that are found in the southwestern United States and Mexico. Their scientific name is Odocoileus virginianus couesi.

Males and females are similar in size, with males weighing between 80-120 pounds and females weighing between 60-90 pounds.

Coues Deer Antlers

The antlers of Coues deer are typically small and slender, with relatively few points compared to other species of deer. The antlers of a mature buck will typically have two or three points on each side, with a maximum of five points on each side in rare cases.

The antlers of Coues deer are shed and regrown annually, with the new set typically growing larger each year. More about the Coues white-tailed deer here.

Shop All Deer Taxidermy & Antlers

Looking for different types of deer antlers or taxidermy mounts to add to your collection? Whether you’re looking for North American or Asiatic-native species, you’ll be sure to find just about any type of deer species you’re looking for here at our taxidermy store.

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