Cutting antlers in Altai happens in May – June. After the cutting they are preserved by boiling or drying to be sold in August-September. Many antlers are exported to South Korea.
All antlers are weighed. Their maximum weight is 22-24 kg, but those weighing 15-16 kg are also considered big. The average weight of antlers is 7-8 kg.
Those stags whose antlers are the smallest are slaughtered.