Northern Michigan is widely known for its famous whitetails and hunting season come mid-November of every year. What is the first thing you think of when you hear whitetails? I often think immediately of my husband leaving for hunting camp for several weeks and often bringing home enough venison to carry us through the winter months.
My husband, like most men is always on the look out for that elusive buck. You know, the one with the huge rack of antlers between 8 and 10 points, if not more!
Here in Northern Michigan, antlers aren’t only found on whitetails. Did you know that whitetail antlers are an extremely popular home item sold at local shops including Grandpa Shorter’s? In college I worked at a now defunct Northern Michigan store: Traverse Bay Woolen Company. Some of you may have heard of it as they were based out of Traverse City. During summer breaks, I worked at their largest store in Mackinaw City where we sold actual furniture, tables, queen size beds and chandeliers made entirely of antlers. They were gorgeous and pricey!
Smaller home items are just as popular and Grandpa Shorter’s sells Shed Whitetail Antler items for the home and kitchen in store and on their website. If you are a whitetail deer lover or know a hunter in your life that would enjoy these products in their home or kitchen, take a minute and look them over. Plus, I just noticed, most of these unique items are on sale right now. Perfect for putting away for holidays, birthdays and Christmas. Score!
1. Shed Antler Corkscrews – A unique way to open that bottle of wine and a perfect accessory to any Up North cottage, cabin or lake house.
2. Shed Antler Looking Glass – Ah, yes. A magnifying glass. I’ve lost count of how many my father has but this would be the perfect addition to his collection as he is an avid hunter! The kids like playing with them too when he isn’t paying attention….shhhhhh 😉
3. Shed Antler Cribbage Board – What a unique way to play cribbage Up North! I picture us playing this next to the fireplace on a cold winters night or on the porch on a rainy summer afternoon!
4. Shed Antler Salt & Pepper Shaker Sets – Each are uniquely different and perfect to showcase in the kitchen and small enough to be kept put away in the cupboard or on display on the counter.
5. Shed Antler Kitchen Utensils – Choose from a spreader utensil, cheese triangle or a cheese knife. Or, grab all three and gift them as a set!