Need some taxidermy help. if there are any taxidermists out there.

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by ticks, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    I am going to mount my antlers from my little buck that I shot, I want to know how long it takes for the antlers to dry out, so I can take the skin off, and how to take it off. Thanks, if there are any of you....
     
  2. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    VERMONT
    Ticks, did you saw the antlers off the skull? If you didn't, the whole skull/antlers makes a very beautiful wall hanging. Just simmer it in a pot outdoors on a hot plate. Don't boil it hard and don't submerge the antlers.

    If you sawed them off with just a skull plate, do the same but again don't submerge the antlers, let it dry indoors for a month then mount it on a wood plaque.

    Change to water often and clean off softened tissue as you do so.
     
  3. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Quote:We have the "skull cap" the called it, the fur is on, we just need it to dry out, and cut it off.
     
  4. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ticks Yup just remove the skin now, remove any brain matter or flesh in or on the skull cap, rub borax on and around the skull cap and let it air dry, you can boil as ann said then rub borax on to it, Borax will bug proof it... then mount the rack to a panel of your choice for skulls caps..

    Here's a good link on how to mount them
    http://www.bowhunting.net/artman/publish/Mounting_Antlers_-_Helgeson.shtml

    Here check my side hobby web site out..been messing with skulls for along time..

    www.thebonegrinders.com

    Charlie
     
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  5. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Quote:Thanks Charlie. I do not have any Borax. Is there a substitute for borax? Is it neccisary? [​IMG]
    I have been PM'ing SterlingAcres. [​IMG]
     
  6. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

  7. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Thanks! My dad did his Anticostti antlers by him self. it was easy, throw the fasteners over the skull, throw on the felt pad thing, tack it on. Of course its not taxidermist quality but its not a bad mount by any means. SterlingAcres directed me to this and I think I might go with it. http://www.vandykestaxidermy.com/product/102435/deer-antler-kit

    Oh
    , here is a pic of my "buck" I thought he was a doe when I shot him poor guy. Tiny antlers, but big antlers for a year and a half old buck. [​IMG]
    I had to shoot him 4 times with a .308, 180 grain!
    First shot through the lungs, second through the leg, third through the lungs, he jsut kept walking, fell down. That's when I close range shot him in the neck! Iron buck! (must have come from Pittsburg [​IMG] )

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  8. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    The first shot would have done it, he was dead and didn't know it yet, but he was finished with a lung shot with a 308..
    I use a 7MM mag here during rifle just because it hits so hard.. Just the shock alone is a wake up call..

    Its fun doing it your self anyway..alot cheaper and if you do enough of them they turn out pretty good, in the pic i made all the wooden panels myself and bought the cap covers to put over the skulls caps..

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    He is a nice little buck all in all

    Congrats on him [​IMG]
    Charlie
     
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  9. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Quote:Thanks, hey the pic didn't work lemme try to fix that....
    I didn't want him to suffer ya know so I shot him, the shots didn't seem to phase him. Like I said to my friends when they saw is tiny rack, you can't eat the antlers.

    here i will try. Shot in the dark here but....
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  10. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont

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