Are impala antlers like a whitetail or are they removed leaving the core. Never done one but I got one coming. Just wondering. Thanks.
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NOT antlers. the impala is an African antelope, not a member of the Cervids. Yes, they have cores and need to be separated and cleaned. Check the archives for details.
Once you remove the horn from the core, You'll see a rather thick skin over the entire core and it usually has hair on it. ALl this shin needs to be removed and thoroughly cleaned.Once you have this done,you can cut the core off, but leaving about 2"-3" of the core an the skull plate. Re-attatch the horns with either a small amount of Bondo or a 5 min. apoxie and you're good to go.If you dont remove and clean, well....you can witness stench as well as an infestation of insects.
Its a fairly easy process, but be thorough with the job at hand.
Once the horns are secured onto the core, seal them with a good sealer.I've used a flat sanding sealer with good results.
Have a great day and good luck to all,