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Title: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: michael p. on October 18, 2007, 03:29:02 AM
With all the back & forth on Antelope horn removal tast week I figured I would show my simple "fool proof" method of removing the horn's ;D LOL

FIRST!! Before removing I drill a small pilot hole in each outer side where the "notch" is on the shell. When you re-attach the shell's of Antelope horns they will slide all the way to the base of the skull which is to far. This hole allows you to insert a brake when reattaching the shells so you do not have to guess the proper allignment & heighth of each horn.
(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p154/taxidermist_2007/javelina/108_3767.jpg)

Then I simmer them one side at a time in dawn soap & baking soda on VERY LOW heat for 15-20 minutes (a smaller pot allows you to regulate the temperature better)
(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p154/taxidermist_2007/javelina/108_3770.jpg)

Stick in other side for 15-20 minutes
(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p154/taxidermist_2007/javelina/108_3771.jpg)

And that's it ;D ;)
(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p154/taxidermist_2007/javelina/108_3772.jpg)

I then simmer the skull cap only for another 15-20 minutes to remove the reast of the meat & grease.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Josh K on October 18, 2007, 05:33:27 AM
WOW that eazy that Micheal p.
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Post by: [email protected] on October 18, 2007, 06:04:55 AM
Looks like most things you do, you do outdoors LOL.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: bw on October 18, 2007, 09:21:04 AM
Without starting the fire again, I just wanted to say that I think that is still more work than necessary.

BUT  I am really glad you posted it....because I learned a much better way of gauging the height of my horns.  I had always taken caliper measurements from the top of the eye orbit to the "notch".  And Im always wondering if Im off by a little bit.   But the idea of drilling a hole just against the bottom of the horn is an excellent idea.  Nice work Michael.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Taflinger on October 18, 2007, 09:31:24 AM
Man,I thought I was a slob until seeing your outside work area Michael P.Now I don't feel so bad.Good tip with the pilot hole.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Cole on October 18, 2007, 09:46:08 AM
Man,I thought I was a slob until seeing your outside work area Michael P.Now I don't feel so bad.Good tip with the pilot hole.

You beat me to it. lol Clean up back there MichaelP!!! (j/k, I'm a pretty big slob myself.)
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: michael p. on October 18, 2007, 09:55:02 AM
Without starting the fire again, I just wanted to say that I think that is still more work than necessary.


It could be ::) But it's what i'm very comfortable with and it's simple & idiot proof (unless you forget about them!! :P )

Man,I thought I was a slob until seeing your outside work area Michael P.Now I don't feel so bad.Good tip with the pilot hole.

The show room and my storage/salting room are the only things in order.....my work are & the back slab look like a bomb hit it!!! I got an old black wino named Leroy that comes by once or twice a week to mow, cleans the yard, sweep's  etc. I'm gonna have to get him to straighten out the slab ;) LOL I had him help me clean out the salting/storage building and it looks GREAT!!

Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: HOLMES on October 18, 2007, 10:05:26 AM
Where did you get the special timer for the job? Is it required for professional results? ;D
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: michael p. on October 18, 2007, 10:11:22 AM
Where did you get the special timer for the job? Is it required for professional results? ;D

I thought it would add a "funny" touch to it ;) I'll talk to yall later, I gotta get my a$$ to work :P
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: AndyO on October 18, 2007, 10:44:43 AM
Where did you get the special timer for the job? Is it required for professional results? ;D

I have the same exact "timer" on my kitchen wall.

Thanks for taking the time to show how you do this MP.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: cattrax on October 18, 2007, 11:14:57 AM
Just curious Michael, what's the Dawn do for you. I use sodium carbonate myself instead of sodium BIcarbonate. I think it works on the meat a little quicker.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: CHT on October 18, 2007, 11:30:32 AM
Did you get upset with the trash can with the red racing stripe?         Great idea w/ the pilot hole thanks.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: George Roof on October 18, 2007, 12:52:50 PM
Michael, "idiot proof" and "fool proof" are words you should eschew.  The FIRST thing you need to find is a cure for your gasoline ass.  Why on earth would you "drill a hole" in an antelope horn?  The things will litterally fall off before you have the hide pickled and tanned anyway, so where's the fire?  A hole in the horn is basically a "dead end".  It won't provide osmosis for any liquid simply because the inside pressure is equal to the outside pressure.  Once you start sliding the core OUT, the hole will allow liquide to seep in behind the vaccuum, but FOR WHAT, THE HORN IS OFF THEN ANYWAY.  The soft tips of the horn core are up toward the core tips so the liquid isn't going to run uphill.  The cores are tapered, so no mechanical advantage is going to be had when insert the cured cores back into the dry casings.  A truly FOOLPROOF method is to bag the fresh horns and leave them OUTSIDE while you take the cape INSIDE and flesh it out and tan it.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Cole on October 18, 2007, 12:56:11 PM
If you look at the picture George, he's not drilling a hole in the horn, he's drilling it in the core.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Darrell on October 18, 2007, 01:04:55 PM
George let his hippo mouth overload his humming bird ass.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Yeager1 on October 18, 2007, 01:16:35 PM
Thanks Michael!  A picture is worth a thousand words. My horns have been laying on the work bench since last Thursday and as of last night they still wouldn't budge! I guess they haven't spoiled enough. I'll try putting them in some water today.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: michael p. on October 18, 2007, 01:43:39 PM
Michael, "idiot proof" and "fool proof" are words you should eschew.  The FIRST thing you need to find is a cure for your gasoline ass.  Why on earth would you "drill a hole" in an antelope horn?  The things will litterally fall off before you have the hide pickled and tanned anyway, so where's the fire?  A hole in the horn is basically a "dead end".  It won't provide osmosis for any liquid simply because the inside pressure is equal to the outside pressure.  Once you start sliding the core OUT, the hole will allow liquide to seep in behind the vaccuum, but FOR WHAT, THE HORN IS OFF THEN ANYWAY.  The soft tips of the horn core are up toward the core tips so the liquid isn't going to run uphill.  The cores are tapered, so no mechanical advantage is going to be had when insert the cured cores back into the dry casings.  A truly FOOLPROOF method is to bag the fresh horns and leave them OUTSIDE while you take the cape INSIDE and flesh it out and tan it.

BOY.....what a waist of band width you just posted ol'buddy. The "hole" is simply for my feeble mind to be able to set the horn's where they were originally. Being at a Government job all your life is starting to show George ;D LMAO

Seriously though.......that is what work's for me & I have never had a problem . I will call you if I do ;)

Now go pop you a Viagra & watch this George....maybe you can releive some pressure ;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAClmUIIRAo
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: oldterryr on October 18, 2007, 02:11:25 PM
gasoline a$$ is the #1 comeback
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Post by: Yeager1 on October 18, 2007, 02:19:40 PM
I watched the video Michael! She had pretty "deer toe" don't you think?
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: George Roof on October 18, 2007, 03:25:15 PM
Michael, you guys really need to stop worrying about my sex life.  When you get to be my age you find that uninary and bowel dependability are much more gratifying.  I sure don't need to elevate my blood pressure for any reason.  LMAO
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: GWebb on October 18, 2007, 03:52:00 PM
Michael, you guys really need to stop worrying about my sex life.  When you get to be my age you find that uninary and bowel dependability are much more gratifying.  I sure don't need to elevate my blood pressure for any reason.  LMAO
 

::) With all the pi$$ing matches you have here I don't think you ever need to worry about urinary dependability, and you usually sling crap pretty well on here too so there shouldn't be a problem with that either. Maybe you do need to focus on the little blue pill a few times a month. I seriously doubt it could raise your BP as much as the Taxi-net does.  ;)
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Greg Livbucks on October 18, 2007, 04:08:19 PM
Maybe his "core" laid around too long and rotted.
I sure hope it don't slide off!

Sorry there, I couldn't help it.
Michael, continue on and show how to re-attach. I've never dabbled in antelope yet, don't know how it's done. What do you fill the core with to hold it? BONDO? Yea probably, you bondo freak.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: michael p. on October 18, 2007, 05:29:30 PM
Without starting the fire again, I just wanted to say that I think that is still more work than necessary.

BUT  I am really glad you posted it....because I learned a much better way of gauging the height of my horns.  I had always taken caliper measurements from the top of the eye orbit to the "notch".  And Im always wondering if Im off by a little bit.   But the idea of drilling a hole just against the bottom of the horn is an excellent idea.  Nice work Michael.

You know bw, that's the beauty in all this. We can still build off little idea's. None of us will ever agree on what we feel are the proper way's on how to do Taxidermy because we are not mind numbed robot's. But we still pick up little ideas here and there from each other which enables us to put our own puzzles together so to speak.

Just curious Michael, what's the Dawn do for you. I use sodium carbonate myself instead of sodium BIcarbonate. I think it works on the meat a little quicker.

I use the dawn to try & help degrease & deodorize while simmering.

As far as the sodium carbonate Vs.  sodium BIcarbonate I don't know if one work's quicker or not. What I do know is I can go buy a box of Sodiun bi arbonate for 50 cent's at Dollar General & use half the box per deer skull & it turns the meat to Jello in no time at all & I am able to garden pressure hose it off. I don't know if on such small item's if it's really that big of a difference.


Michael, continue on and show how to re-attach. I've never dabbled in antelope yet, don't know how it's done. What do you fill the core with to hold it? BONDO? Yea probably, you bondo freak.

Yep, BONDO!! BONDO'S the best thing since Cheesecake!! ;D
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Yeager1 on October 18, 2007, 08:10:00 PM
I finally got the horns of this evening!  Nasty, stinking maggots up in there! I guess I can boil the skull plate tomorrow while everyone is gone! LOL
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: bw on October 18, 2007, 08:42:16 PM



You know bw, that's the beauty in all this. We can still build off little idea's. None of us will ever agree on what we feel are the proper way's on how to do Taxidermy because we are not mind numbed robot's. But we still pick up little ideas here and there from each other which enables us to put our own puzzles together so to speak.

I couldn't agree more.  Its really nice to see that you can live with the fact that I dont want to switch to the way you remove your horns.  And appreciate the fact that even though I don't agree, I still got something out of your post.

PS....How did your foot taste George?
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Greg Livbucks on October 18, 2007, 09:06:14 PM
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I guess I can boil the skull plate tomorrow while everyone is gone! LOL

Funny...I do the same thing. I play it cool until the wife goes out shopping or something, then I pull out one of her precious pots and boil skull plates in it. What she doesn't know that goes on around here!
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Greg Livbucks on October 18, 2007, 09:10:17 PM
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PS....How did your foot taste George?

Now now.....easy on the fella.
We have all scanned a post and got the gist of it wrong.
Give 'em a break this time. You can nail him next time though.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: joeym on October 18, 2007, 09:19:51 PM
Michael:

Whether one agrees or disagrees with your method, thanks for the tutoral...BTW...Leroy needs a raise...the weekends coming up...LOL!!!!
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Hoytman on October 19, 2007, 02:33:35 AM
I watched the video Michael! She had pretty "deer toe" don't you think?

Never heard that one.. where I used to come from they called it a Camel Toe, Now I call em' a Moose Knuckle.
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Post by: cattrax on October 19, 2007, 06:41:23 AM
Umm, Michael, if you get a moment to ease up on George, the Dawn question?????
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Post by: HOLMES on October 19, 2007, 06:58:39 AM
Just curious Michael, what's the Dawn do for you. I use sodium carbonate myself instead of sodium BIcarbonate. I think it works on the meat a little quicker.

I use the dawn to try & help degrease & deodorize while simmering.

As far as the sodium carbonate Vs.  sodium BIcarbonate I don't know if one work's quicker or not. What I do know is I can go buy a box of Sodiun bi arbonate for 50 cent's at Dollar General & use half the box per deer skull & it turns the meat to Jello in no time at all & I am able to garden pressure hose it off. I don't know if on such small item's if it's really that big of a difference.[/quote]
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Post by: Yeager1 on October 19, 2007, 08:19:29 AM
Hoytman, she looked too petite to be associated with a camel. LOL
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: michael p. on October 19, 2007, 09:52:40 AM
Umm, Michael, if you get a moment to ease up on George, the Dawn question?????

Look at the time & date, it's before your last post ;) ;D


I use the dawn to try & help degrease & deodorize while simmering.

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Post by: aboutpostal on August 10, 2008, 05:01:29 PM
i dont care what anyone says, the tip on drilling a hole is still a good tip
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Post by: Josh K on October 06, 2008, 07:37:46 PM
Hey guys I got the horn caps of but what should I do to the caps should I do something to them. Josh
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: George Roof on October 06, 2008, 11:03:41 PM
Josh, "I don't care what anyone says, drilling holes is ..."dums hit.  I cut the tips of the cores off and I dry preserve them.  I let them set out for a week or two and then I take a butane torch and singe off the hairs that would have formed the new horn.  It stinks so do it out side.  Then when you're ready to mount, get a pot of boiling water and submerge the cases one at a time for about 5 minutes each.  Slather the core with a good 5 minute epoxy and simply slide the sheath over the core. PRESS DOWN.  The heated sheath will activate the epoxy quickly and after a minute you can relax and the core will be permanently affixed to the sheath.  Since youve cut the core tips off and dried them, the sheath will slip down and lock exactly where it needs to be on your mount.
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Post by: Kittrell Hill (Tuggy) on October 08, 2008, 08:20:28 AM
Thanks, Michael, I just got in six this week I give that a try. I think the drilling the hole is a really smart way to set the shells back right. Thanks
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: michael p. on October 09, 2008, 12:01:50 PM
Since youve cut the core tips off and dried them, the sheath will slip down and lock exactly where it needs to be on your mount.

GEORGE!!  Put the computer down and back up before you hurt yourself by drowning in your own Bull $h!t!! 

Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: George Roof on October 09, 2008, 12:12:30 PM
Uh, Michael, it ain't MY post that's drawing flies.
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Post by: RDA on October 09, 2008, 12:22:58 PM
Ive done tons of lopers,,,   boiling with baking soda   good    bondo to put horns back on  good...  hole in cores to mark where horns go ok,  but it is also usually a finger width above the eye orbits ;)   Sniffing cores that came in rotten,,,,not so good.... ;D
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: michael p. on October 09, 2008, 01:14:58 PM
Uh, Michael, it ain't MY post that's drawing flies.

LOL.....good point! :D :D
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Post by: outdoorsy_gal on October 30, 2008, 09:36:58 PM
I would like to know what you guys do next, once the cones are off the core. What do you do to the cones & what do you do to the core?
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Russ of V.O.W.T on October 30, 2008, 10:27:41 PM
outdoorsy gal, rinse the cap out, and then  borax the inside of the horn cap, and whack off all but enough of the core to use as a base for your caps when it goes back together,
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Artie mags on November 17, 2008, 09:08:21 PM
Is this a good method to use as the first step in doing a European mount?Also after this would you just soak the skull in perioxide?
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Post by: Tom Kleckner on November 26, 2008, 09:14:47 PM
new to taxidermy just have one ?.  can you use this method for removing the horns from sheep
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Post by: Hoytman on September 09, 2009, 06:15:32 PM
whats used to get rid of the goat nasty smell on the inside of the horns.. I am in the process of doing one now.. I have the horns off.. Easy.. just bag and pop and I do with sheep.. but these suckers are like compressed hair.. and they are smelly.. LOL
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Post by: 300savage on September 09, 2009, 06:21:51 PM
I usually swish acetone around the insides Jesse then I let them sit in warm water and  super solvent for a little while. Usually does it for me, maybe a little downy  in the water .
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Hoytman on September 09, 2009, 06:22:32 PM
I usually swish acetone around the insides Jesse then I let them sit in warm water and  super solvent for a little while. Usually does it for me, maybe a little downy  in the water .

Sweeet.. Thanks
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Post by: 300savage on September 09, 2009, 06:26:13 PM
No prob Jesse, it works on all those stinky sheep horns too.   
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Post by: Hoytman on September 09, 2009, 06:28:29 PM
No prob Jesse, it works on all those stinky sheep horns too.   

the sheep horns are hard, Such as the dall, mouflon, and others.. Even mt goats... but never touched a antelope before.. Pretty unique horns.. it's like compressed hair
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Post by: 300savage on September 09, 2009, 06:33:31 PM
They are pretty cool I have a few too do within the next week.  I think they are cool animals .......... better than whitetails lol. Hell anythings better than whitetails right now lol
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Greg Livbucks on September 09, 2009, 08:00:55 PM
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but these suckers are like compressed hair..


I think that is what they are. ;)
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: 300savage on September 09, 2009, 08:04:28 PM
They are hair fibers , I believe they are the only horned animal that can shed  their horns.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: George Roof on September 09, 2009, 10:16:38 PM
Jesse, acetone will wash the horns out, but prongs have more smell that sheep and goats simply because the horn is hair and not keratin.  I never found any solvent to work long term.  I use dry preservative.  The borax actually "sweetens" the smell and the alum dries out the residual membrane.
Title: The last
Post by: Kerby Ross on September 09, 2009, 10:27:25 PM
The last time I did an antelope and sheep (mid 1990's), I rinsed the inside with formaldahyde and there was no smell at all.

Kerby...
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Post by: George Roof on September 09, 2009, 10:47:10 PM
LOL Kerby.  You EMBALMED IT.  That would work.
Title: HE HE
Post by: Kerby Ross on September 09, 2009, 10:52:20 PM
:)

Kerby...
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: 300savage on September 10, 2009, 08:01:00 PM
Not to be a scootch George  ;D , but did you wash them in supersolvent and fabric softner too? Just did some today and the smell is almost nonexistent.  I have them airing out tonight.  Never thought of putting DP in them tho, Ill try it too.

  I think sheep horns smell worse , Just me tho...... especially those farm raised ones.   Then again Id rather smell a coyote over a bobcat anyday of the week.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Ray Smith on September 24, 2009, 11:41:14 PM
A fox is a stinking lil critter!! :P
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Post by: Hoytman on September 25, 2009, 05:52:25 PM
what does a fox have in common with a antelope? Unless its  a male, then they both have Nutz!!.. LMAO..
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Ray Smith on September 25, 2009, 06:49:21 PM
Not to be a scootch George  ;D , but did you wash them in supersolvent and fabric softner too? Just did some today and the smell is almost nonexistent.  I have them airing out tonight.  Never thought of putting DP in them tho, Ill try it too.

  I think sheep horns smell worse , Just me tho...... especially those farm raised ones. Then again Id rather smell a coyote over a bobcat anyday of the week.
I was talking about that quote Hoytman!
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Hoytman on September 26, 2009, 02:27:36 AM
I know ray... Just busting your balls and trying to get a laugh....  ;D ;D
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Post by: Ray Smith on September 26, 2009, 11:17:00 AM
it's all good :D
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: 300savage on September 27, 2009, 09:33:40 AM
I know ray... Just busting your balls and trying to get a laugh....  ;D ;D

 Hey Jesse I heard youre shooting a MATHEWS with rage broadhead nowadays  LOL
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Hoytman on September 27, 2009, 05:08:10 PM
I know ray... Just busting your balls and trying to get a laugh....  ;D ;D

 Hey Jesse I heard youre shooting a MATHEWS with rage broadhead nowadays  LOL

Yeah, I really like them expandables..  ;D
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: COhunter on November 05, 2010, 06:14:23 PM
Found this in archives.  Removed antelope horns for the first time.  This method works great!  Thanks Michael!
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Timber Ghost on January 10, 2011, 10:03:24 AM
 ???
Well George, your at it again.
Well why don't you mount your twin on up?
What would that be?
Oh I know
A DIK DIK WITH EARS
Your a trip old man
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Cole on January 10, 2011, 10:08:57 AM
???
Well George, your at it again.
Well why don't you mount your twin on up?
What would that be?
Oh I know
A DIK DIK WITH EARS
Your a trip old man

What the crap are you talking about? You dug up a thread from 2007 to spout some jibberish that no one understands?
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Timber Ghost on January 10, 2011, 10:45:30 AM
 ::)
ok george JR
whatever
You obviously have a stick up your arse also
take a chill pill bro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not on here much obviously, but when I am it is amazing how some of you so called people
treat others.
Egotistic for what ever reason
And your round about replys of I don't understand
understand this
you don't understand much
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Cole on January 10, 2011, 01:22:53 PM
Do you have anger issues? I'm sorry but I don't understand what your post to George means. I even went back and re-read most of the thread since it had been a few years since I read it. I'm still missing your point. If that makes me egotistical then so be it.

You are amazed how some people on here treat others? You are digging up a post from nearly 4 years ago to attack someone you don't like. Add to that the fact that you don't even know this person, and you end up with... well... you.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Timber Ghost on January 10, 2011, 01:42:48 PM
 ;)NAILED IT
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Cole on January 10, 2011, 01:45:58 PM
I usually do.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Greg Livbucks on January 10, 2011, 09:47:55 PM
I think he called George a Dik Dik, but I can't be certain. Wow, I bet that really cut the old man deep, real deep.
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Cole on January 10, 2011, 10:08:40 PM
Okay Greg, but I thought Dik Diks already had ears?

Also, if I'm George Jr. does that make me a little Dik Dik?

Also, if you do a neck mount is that a Dik Dik head?

Also, if I take it to school, and use it to hold my supplies, is it a pencil Dik Dik?

Also, if a popsicle were shaped like one, would it be a Dik Dik lick?

And Finally, if you bury it in the garden will it grow Dik Dik weeds?
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: michael p. on January 11, 2011, 12:35:26 AM
Not on here much obviously, but when I am it is amazing how some of you so called people treat others.

Once again somebody staring in the mirror typing about themselves..........................

Wow,
What a group of negative ,argumentative,dumb arses
Cole    what is your education level.
I would bet the farm 6th grade
If not, and it is higher level, you had better get a refund!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sure am Glad my mother moved out of Cameron to Colorado before I was Born
Would have had to of kicked your Dumb Arse

Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: aboutpostal on January 17, 2012, 02:25:12 PM
thanx for the post, i am about to do 2 of them, gonna try it, and i WONT post pics of my work area
Title: Re: Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!
Post by: Bugs N Bones on January 17, 2012, 02:34:51 PM
With all the back & forth on Antelope horn removal tast week I figured I would show my simple "fool proof" method of removing the horn's ;D LOL

FIRST!! Before removing I drill a small pilot hole in each outer side where the "notch" is on the shell. When you re-attach the shell's of Antelope horns they will slide all the way to the base of the skull which is to far. This hole allows you to insert a brake when reattaching the shells so you do not have to guess the proper allignment & heighth of each horn.
(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p154/taxidermist_2007/javelina/108_3767.jpg)

Then I simmer them one side at a time in dawn soap & baking soda on VERY LOW heat for 15-20 minutes (a smaller pot allows you to regulate the temperature better)
(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p154/taxidermist_2007/javelina/108_3770.jpg)

Stick in other side for 15-20 minutes
(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p154/taxidermist_2007/javelina/108_3771.jpg)

And that's it ;D ;)
(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p154/taxidermist_2007/javelina/108_3772.jpg)

I then simmer the skull cap only for another 15-20 minutes to remove the reast of the meat & grease.

That the way to do it!!
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Post by: Blue Tick on January 20, 2012, 10:51:42 AM
Been doing some digging and found this. Will the same process work on an aoudad or is there and different way?
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Post by: pinnacle on January 28, 2012, 11:57:27 PM
How much twisting do you have to do get the horn off? Is the Dawn soap help with that?
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Post by: By Michelle Bartram on February 06, 2014, 05:28:14 PM
 :D Thank you......
Up date: My skull plates are all very old & the horns don't seem to be coming off.
Up date: Finally I got two out of 6 horns off. PS people don't wait years to remove the sheaths
Up date: So I have been at this for a few hours I have 2 heads done. One set twisted off with some work, another set I had to slide a screwdriver down inside the horn to loosen them, it seems to be because they dried with the skin still intact. I used pliers to reach inside & remove the rest of the skin.  The last set took a bit of work with a screwdriver but they had a second small separate horn in front so they are really cool looking. I took a picture but I don't know how to load it.
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Post by: Wildmantaxidermy on February 21, 2015, 09:39:34 PM
great idea with drilling the hole! takes all guess work out of it! Thanks
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Post by: jigginjim on March 16, 2015, 09:06:15 AM
This looks like a great.  How I just to get a antelope for my own.  Any good ideas on good places to head out to?
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Post by: Hoytman on March 17, 2015, 01:58:35 AM
Antelope are found out west
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Post by: huntingful on March 18, 2015, 01:28:46 AM
How much twisting do you have to do get the horn off? Is the Dawn soap help with that?

Just boil them for a bit and it truly depends on the head for how long. After say 30 mins pull the head out put some gloves on and twist the horns to see if they come off. If not just repeat it. I use borax, dawn, vinegar, and other products to help. Those are mainly for grease removal and smell removal.
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Post by: jigginjim on March 18, 2015, 11:51:50 PM
Antelope are found out west
I thought we could just go hunting duh.

I was wondering if someone could point out something that would provide a good chance to get a nice antelope,  at a lower cost.
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Post by: Wildmantaxidermy on March 19, 2015, 01:28:55 PM
Jigginjim: Come on out to Montana, easter montana... Forsyth, Glendive, Jordan, all those towns have good population and not to hard to get tags! you wont need a guide if you get on BML land and there is lots of it as well. Also Wyoming has a ton of em as well though i have no idea what population is or how easy it is to get tags as i dont live there. Good luck man if you have any other questions let me know.