The deer semen apologia

In the column about the master rogue taxidermist, Erich Carter states he makes up to $2,000 a day making resin antlers. Maybe you wondered why the fake antler trade is so lucrative.

You’ll never guess. Not in a million years.

Carter sells synthetic antlers to suppliers of deer semen. 

Stockton master taxidermist Erich Carter's livelihood is unique, for sure.

Hunting is very big business, Carter explained. A Texas hunting ranch may charge customers $20,000. To give these ruch guys enough buck for their bang, the ranchers breed trophy deer.

That has led to a cottage industry in deer semen.

Bone trade being illegal, the semen suppliers send Carter real antlers shed from prize buck. Carter makes resin copies. The semen suppliers give the copies away with purchases of “semen straws” to illustrate to buyers the magnificent trophy bucks the semen will produce.

Big bucks, in more ways than one — and surely the nichiest of niche jobs in Stockton, and for many a mile beyond.

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