Know the rules and laws about what you can legally do with Deer Parts...
Not too long ago I started my home grown business here in Western NC making Camouflaged Lamps with Whitetail Deer Antlers. My first order of business was to get some Antlers. Most of the ones that I had were bleached white from being tacked up on the side of a shed for years, and others thrown under my work table had teeth marks from mice. As you can see, my own racks were almost useless.
That left me with searching for other sources. I went on the Internet and found a handfull of places that sell Sheds by the pound, but every time I found some I liked they were already SOLD OUT. Then I had this brilliant idea that I would advertise to buy NC Sheds in the free classifieds that comes in our Electric Bill.
One of the very first phone calls I got was from a NC Wildlife officer. He was very polite when he asked me if I knew that what I was doing was illegal. My answer was an honest 'NO'. He explained to me that in North Carolina you cannot buy or sell any part of Deer that was harvested in NC.
Yikes! You can imagine my reaction. I thought I was in trouble. Fortunately the officer said if I stopped advertising for antlers he would not fine me due to the fact that I had NO idea about this rule. Anotherwords... I got lucky this time.
Never one to break laws and/or rules, I had to suddenly re-think my business model. That's when I came up with the idea of only using the Antlers that customers themselves wanted on their Lamps.
Thanks to a very nice and understanding Wildlife Officer I avoided a stiff fine, and I learned a hard lesson about starting a business. Before you open for business you must research-research-research and know the rules!