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Old 09-26-2009, 02:21 PM
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Horn processing?

I'm headed for Wyoming, area 27, in a week on my first antelope hunt. I plan to get as much meat home as I can and mount just the horns. I'm not planning to make a head mount. I've done some reading on horn processing but I thought I'd ask here for some advise on what to do with the horns. I plan to stay another week after the antelope hunt and maybe hunt some mulies before I drive back to Florida. I'm trying to decide if I should try and process/mount the horns myself or drop them off at a taxidermist in the Douglas area. Any advise would be appreciated.

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Old 09-26-2009, 04:38 PM
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Re: Horn processing?

Most meat lockers will saw them off for a tip if you just want the horns.
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Old 09-26-2009, 06:19 PM
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Re: Horn processing?

Thanks for the reply. I can saw the skull cap and horns off. I'm just not sure if I can leave them as is after I saw off the skull cap until I get home. And I was just wondering what others on this site do to cure and then mount the horns. I've read that most like to boil the horns off, some like to leave them in a bag and rot off. Then clean up the skull cap and bondo the horns back on before mounting them. I won't be able to do that while I'm still on the road unless it doesn't bother the horns just to leave them tied to the top of my vehicle until I get home. I'm not interested in leaving a set of rotting anything inside my vehicle for a week. I'm interested in how others have dealt with that dilemma. Thanks again.

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Old 09-26-2009, 07:42 PM
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Re: Horn processing?

If thats the case, I would cut the horns off, skin off the to, peal the membrane off the bottom, and do the rest when you get home. I really don't think there will be a problem with that. It's always easier to skin them the fresher they are. Good luck on your hunt.
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Old 09-26-2009, 09:55 PM
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Re: Horn processing?

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I'm headed for Wyoming, area 27, in a week on my first antelope hunt. I plan to get as much meat home as I can and mount just the horns. I'm not planning to make a head mount. I've done some reading on horn processing but I thought I'd ask here for some advise on what to do with the horns. I plan to stay another week after the antelope hunt and maybe hunt some mulies before I drive back to Florida. I'm trying to decide if I should try and process/mount the horns myself or drop them off at a taxidermist in the Douglas area. Any advise would be appreciated.

Gordon
Niceville, Fl
I would drop them off and have them processed while you are there if you can find someone
that will do it for you in that short amount of time. It is very smelly work no matter how you
do it and if you let it rot off you will have a tough time getting rid of the smell.

If no one will help you out then just skin and flesh the skull cap and ice it down to have it done
or do it yourself when you get back home. If you don't want to fool with it when you first get
home just freeze them and deal with them later.

when boiling them be careful not to place the horns in the hot water or you will have to paint
or stain them when finished.

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Old 09-27-2009, 01:39 PM
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Re: Horn processing?

we have whitetail racks hanging all around our pa. camp. we simply cut off the horns, or have the butcher do it. take the hide off before it dries. remove the membrane and clean it, then leave it alone. my sons made a bunch of wood plaques in shop class years ago. fasten them to a plaque and cover the skull with some tanned deer hide using upolstery tacks. makes a very proffessional looking job and cost nothing. but first get the antelope. good luck.
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Re: Horn processing?

What I do is throw the head into the box on top of the truck and then go elk and deer hunting for a month. When I get home about the first of November, I throw the head out near the firewood shed. Then after a week or so I will go and get a bucket and fill it up with water and drop the head into it. Then when the weather warms up in March or April I go and pull the horns off and put them in the garage to dry. I then pour out the water and remove all of the rotten tendons and meat and put the skull back into the bucket. One day when I have nothing to do I will get the Coleman camp stove out and a big pot and but some water and Oxybleach into the pot with the skull and boil it for an hour or so. Turns every thing real white. I then go and get some glue and the horns and glue them back on.
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