Antlers are distinctive bony extensions found on the skulls of certain members of the deer family, such as moose, elk, and deer. Unlike horns, which are permanent and made of keratin, antlers are typically shed and regrow annually, and are composed of bone. In the wild, these structures serve various purposes, including as tools for defense against predators, for combat between males during mating seasons, and as symbols of sexual fitness.

Antlers are often a focal point due to their impressive size and intricate shapes. They are highly valued for their aesthetic appeal and are frequently showcased in taxidermy displays, both for their natural beauty and as symbols of the wilderness. Taxidermists pay special attention to the preservation and mounting of antlers, ensuring they retain their strength and natural appearance. This often involves careful cleaning, sometimes staining or painting, and mounting on suitable supports.

Antlers hold cultural and historical significance in various societies, symbolizing strength, virility, and connection to nature. In taxidermy, they not only represent the animal itself but also echo a deeper appreciation and respect for wildlife and natural history. The skillful preservation and display of antlers in taxidermy contribute to educational and conservation efforts, providing a tangible link to wildlife and natural ecosystems.