buffalo horns

Submitted by Mark on 01/27/2003. ( )

I am writing to get some advice on removing buffalo horns. Do you remove them the same way as you do an antelope? I was told by one person that they just cut the whole thing off at the base and then screw that to the form. This doesn't seem right to me. By doing that, there would be a fair amount of fleshy cartilage left up in the horn. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. This is my first attempt at a buffalo.

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This response submitted by mike d on 01/27/2003. ( the_taxidermistatyahoo.com )

Remove the horns by letting them rot!
If you have apot big enough you could simmer the skulls for a
while to remove them, just like antelope.
Not usually an option, though.
Just double bag them and stick them in a corner and try to
forget them for a month or so.
When the bags crawl out of the corner by themselves, take them out side.
I try to remove the horns from the skulls without opening the abgs.
Tug on them, sometimes smacking them around the bases with a
rubber mallet with pop them off.
If they come loose, open the bags and remove them; I immediately
put the skull in a plastic 55 gal drum filled with water to
finish macerating.
Wash the horns inside and out with a deodorizing solution and
pack them with salt or borax to dry.
Dry them at least 2 weeks, 30 days is better.
I forgot to say, before you bag the skulls clean as much tissue off
as you can and clean the brain cavity with a hooked wire and
then a high pressure nozzle on a hose or a pressure washer if
you have one.

Buffalo Horns

This response submitted by Mark on 01/28/2003. ( )

It sounds like a good way of doing it if you have the right time of year. I am in South Dakota and things just don't rot here in January. Do you have any other ideas. I was thinking of getting some type of container that I could set one horn in there at a time and pour some boiling water in it and let it set there for a while. That won't hurt the horn will it? If not, do you have any other ideas?

Boil Them

This response submitted by Mike on 01/28/2003. ( )

I've boiled several in a metal 55 gal. drum that was sitting on four cinder blocks It takes several hours but the water will boil. I can only put one horn in water at a time. Careful not to build too big of a fire you don't want to burn the horns.

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