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Antelope mounts???

I am looking at applying for my first Lope hunt next year and I had a question.  Can you do a simple horns-on-a-plaque mount like you can with deer antlers?  You know, cut off a chunk of the skull, and mounts it to a plaque?  As of yet, I do not own any actual taxidermied mounts, I just use the simple method.  I suppose if I got a nice buck one of these days I will do it.  I also do not really like any european mounts.

Anyway, just wondering what you regular lope hunters do with the horns.

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If you are still curious...

I was just looking through the "Unanswered Topics", and I came across your post. Back in February, I used a kit from Van Dykes for for my first antelope mount, and I posted some tips regarding the process here on BGH.  You could definitely do it yourself without buying a kit, but for the cost ($25) and convenience, I think it is hard to beat a kit. 

 

http://www.biggamehunt.net/tips/skull-plate-mount-kit-tips

 

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You could always boil the

You could always boil the skull and do a european mount.  It just takes some time to cook it to get all the meat and brains out and off of it. 

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I have seen some good mounts and some bad mounts.  I haven't seen any european mounts for pronghorn and I'm not sure that it can be done since the sheath of the horns is what is shed.  It comes off the core, so I'm not sure that the boiling wouldn't remove the horns.  It would be great if someone who has experience doing this would tell us if it could be done.  I have seen some good bighorn sheep european mounts though.

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When you boil an antelope

When you boil an antelope skull to clean it, you want to be extremely careful to keep the sheaths out of the boiling water and try to minimize the amount of time the sheaths are even exposed to steam.  The steam can discolor the sheaths.  In as little as 10 or as long as 60 minutes, you should be able to pull the sheaths off.  Then you can submerge the skull entirely in boiling water for as long as you want to get it cleaned up.  I have never seen a European antelope mount, but I tend to think it could be done.  After cleaning up the skull, you would need a good glue to adhere the horns back to the bone. 

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Thanks for the info.  I knew tha the sheaths might come off, but never thought of gluing them back on.  If I get antelope buck tags this year, i might try it.  I'll let you know if it works.

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You definitely want to get

You definitely want to get the sheaths off and let them dry out on the inside.  If you don't buy a kit, you might want to get some kind of drying agent like Borax powder to help with the drying process.  If you don't dry the horns out properly, I imagine you will have a smelly and decaying set of antelope horns on your hands. 

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Yeah, you definatly want to

Yeah, you definatly want to get the new horn that is growing underneith the old horn boiled off, they will turn stinky haha. I made a european mount with one of my goats and it turned out pretty good, just glue the horns back on. You can use hot glue or bondo or about any type of epoxy, doesn't really have to hold much, it just sits there. My dad does a little taxidermy and he always drills small holes at the base so when you glue them back on you can pin them back into place exactly how they were before you boiled them off.

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The basic horns-on-a-plaque

The basic horns-on-a-plaque looks pretty good with antelope.  This is what my daughter decided on with her antelope, her first big game animal.  She had the option of a european or a full shoulder mount but finally chose the simplest type.  Not knowing what she would finally decide on, I had caped out the head for a shoulder mount.  I contacted our taxidermist and with no haggling at all he said that he'd swap the cape for the mount & $30, basically the cost of materials.  He traded his labor for the cape which he used on someone elses head.

So for 30 bucks we got a great looking display without the hassle of boiling, scraping, gluing, etc.  That's time I used elsewhere, like taking the kids fishing, skeet shooting...you get the idea.  Give your taxidermist a call, I'll bet he'll do the same.

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Antelope mounts???

If you want the best way to do a European mount, you should use Dermestid Beetles. They do the job better than anything else and with no damage to horns or bone.

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It doesn't matter whether you

It doesn't matter whether you use the boiling method or beetles to clean the skull.  You still have to take the outer sheath off the core to clean the insides thoroughly and then bondo/glue them back on the core so they won't rot and stink up the place!

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