if the animal is basically a fresh kill or reason to believe illegal activity had taken place. These old dead heads are not in question. This year we found a nice 6 by 6 bull fresh kill and called the game warden as it was the 1st day of hunting season for us. He came up and did some CSI work and could find nothing wrong and gave my friend the skull with rack and the paper work for transport. Sheep you still need to take in and get a plug put in the horn even if it is old. Hope this answers your question!
Different states have different rules. I know that in Utah and Arizona you can not just pick up a "dead head" with antlers attached.
In Utah you need to notify the Division of Wildlife and they will come out and investigate the site. If they find nothing wrong such as a natural death or wasn't shot then you might get the dead head but don't count on it.
In Arizona I believe that it is just illegal to pick one up no matter what. But I could be wrong since I haven't checked on it yet.
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...