I've pulled lots of antelope, but yesterday I boiled some goat horns and they didn't even think of budging! Are they typically more difficult to remove? If I can't get them off, is it acceptable to inject with pesticide and let them dry without removing them?
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I just had a pair of stubborn black buck horns that the microwave wouldn't pop off for me. I put just enough water in a pot to cover the skull cap and the first 4 or 5 inches of horn, tossed in a handful of sal soda [soda ash] and heated to just before boiling, fell right out.....Good Luck
Here is the best way o do it! We mount over 200 goats and rams a year and boiling horns is for the birds!
Using a electric drill with a 3/8 ths drill bit drill 2-3 holes into the back of the horn where it is hard to see. Make sure you stay near the bases! Submerge the horns in diluted formaldehyde and let them sit for a week or so then remove them and let air out! Smell will leave them in a few days and them you can mount! Fill the holes in back with sculpt all or all game and airbrush to color and blend! Thats the easiest way and vey little hassle!
I hardly think boiling is the HARD way. It's safe, you don't have gaping holes to cover, you don't need to wait a week, and best of all, you aren't dealing with a known carcinogen. Formaldehyde is not a user friendly chemical. It's fumes kill lung tissue with repeated exposure and in its liquid state, can be absorbed through the skin. (The EPA outlawed using it in the manufacture of wood paneling just for that reason.) If boiling is the hard way, I guess I'll just have to keep at it.
Not to mention that with the sal soda, seldom does the water have to reach the boiling point, and your're talking 1/2 hour to removre the cores as oppposed to a week or so, with no holes to fill!
Will sal soda change the color of the horns? Will it work if boiling in plain water already didn't produce any results?