well for this you have to first carefully peel off the velvet, if the animal was fully grown, he must have scrapped it himself a little, this will really help you in taking the velvet out. it is always advisable to boil the antlers in water by adding a bit of iodized salt, use some sharp tool to peel off whatever velvet is left...
after you have thorougly cleaned the antlers, and they are cold enough so that you can hold it. after this clean it with sand paper(fine grained) so that the finish of the antler becomes smooth. after this For a shiny rack, use a regular wood varnish to seal the antler.
If you are talking about the hide on the skull plate, use a utility knife to cut the hide/hair through the center between the antlers. Then use a screw driver between the hide and the skull to seperate them.
You will also want to make a cut on the outside from the bur through the hide/hair. Then take a pair of pliers and twist the hide around the bur and peel it all the way around the antler.
The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to remove the hide/hair from the skull plate.
yea it has been about 2 months since i got them and the skin on the cap is rock hard, but it seems that a knife is the best thing to use. I actually started with a utility knife and chisel and had worked ok, but i was trying to find out if there was an easier way to get that hair off. Is it necessary to boil the skull afterwards if i am just putting a cover over it? almost thought to just leave the hair and cover it completely anyways.
I've done 2 of my buddies antlers that sat around for over a year with the hide on. The water really loosens it up and then do just like Whelland advised. I never boil my skull plates if I'm doing just an antler mount and covering. Just be sure to scrape off all the meat and brain matter.
Hi , I use a knife to cut as much as possible off . If you use some 20 Mule Team Borax and rub it in dry it helps pull the fine stuff off. It will kind of work like sandpaper. I then boil mine for a short time in water with some more borax. The borax will bug proof them if you should miss any small remains. If you don't get all the hide and hair off you are asking for bugs to move in. Getting two 9's down is the hard part. Putting them on the wall is the gravy.
One of the most important pieces of equipment that you will take hunting is a good quality pair of optics and they take some care to give you the performance that you want. So here are a few tips.
Use some alcohol and cheese cloth to clean the lenses. I will usually pick up an extra cleaning kit from my optician when I have my eyes examined.
Don't touch the lens with your fingers. If there is a stick or a bug on them blow it off.
Use the lens covers. They are there...