Some of the bulls begin the velvet shedding process in early to mid-August, while others complete it later in the month. It is fairly safe to say that almost all but a few of the spikes have lost the velvet by the beginning of September.
At first the velvet cracks and bloody spots appear. The animals may feel an itching sensation as it is common to see them rubbing their antlers against trees and saplings at this time.
|Cracks In The Velvet And Spots Of Blood Indicate Velvet Will Be Shed Soon:"Fred" Bull 36 Aug. 14, 2007|
Once the process begins it is usually completed in a day or so. When the velvet is completely ready to be shed, the animals hasten the process along by aggressively horning trees, saplings, and the ground.
At this point it is common to see the velvet hanging from the antlers in long loose strips.
|Strips Of Velvet Hanging From Antlers: August 18, 2008|
|Bulls With Shedding Completed: August 16, 2007|
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Originally posted by Willard Hill at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer