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Cub Slayer 11-08-2019 10:56 AM

Deer antlers
Newbie type question about getting deer antlers.

I'm primarily a bear hunter, so unless a deer is extraordinary, I'm not into getting mounts (got my first deer mounted because it was the first one) However, I figure if I take a buck, why not just get the antlers, skip the taxidermy but retain an awesome memory, perhaps cheaply mounted on a Chinese wooden plaque from Wal-Mart.

Alas, given a buck's head, I would have no idea how to remove the antlers, intact, for mounting. Anybody here do this willing to point me to some tips?

mrbb 11-08-2019 01:26 PM

most folks when saving antlers, cut the skull with them intact, there are many ways, some like to cut in pretty triangles and or at special angles, pending how they wish to mount them, be it on a piece of wood, or screwed to a wall or??

then there are many folks that just leave the skull intact and lust clean that up really good, and bleach it white , or paint it

there are endless things one can do with them

I have also seen some folks just cut the antlers off real close to the skull, and mouth them that way, or use for rattling antlers, or throw in buckets
if you live close to a local butcher shop, stop in on opening day of rifle season, I am sure they will be cutting many of for customers and you can see how they do it!
or gather HAS to be videos on youtube of it as well?

wanderer08 11-14-2019 03:09 AM

Twice that mrbb said. Look it up on youtube. There are videos showing how to do it. It's basically just cutting a wedge out of the skull.

Come out a few inches from the base of each antler and use a hacksaw and cut through the skull, hide and all. Cut completely through the skull bone all the way around both antlers so when you lift both antlers they are held together by the bone of the skull. Clean any flesh off.
If you want to keep the hide on you have to treat it so it tans and doesn’t shrink. If you want to take it off, then just clean the skull base again by boiling it and removing the rest of the flesh. Then you can mount it to a plaque.

Cub Slayer 11-14-2019 09:24 AM

I figured cutting out the skull around the antlers was obvious. What I was wondering was, what kind of saw is used?

Bocajnala 11-14-2019 10:18 AM

Originally Posted by Cub Slayer (Post 4364208)

Alas, given a buck's head, I would have no idea how to remove the antlers, intact, for mounting. Anybody here do this willing to point me to some tips?

it wasn't obvious in your first post. A sawzall with an open tooth works best. They make blades for them for processing. But a blade with a medium tooth on it will do.
​​​​​​You can also makes cuts through the skin to bone and use a hand saw. Make the cuts first as the hair and flesh are difficult to saw through.


Oldtimr 11-14-2019 02:18 PM

If I was going to remove the skull cap from a buck, I would use a sharp knife and cut through the skin down to the bone all the way around, then use a sawszall to finish the job. The deer hair makes it difficult, not impossible but difficult to do the job because the hair clogs the teeth. At least that has been my experience watching friends do it..

Rob in VT 11-20-2019 05:33 PM

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I like European mounts. Go to YouTube, there are plenty of instructional videos on how to do a euro or skull cap.

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