Gotta a couple questions on antelope that I can't find on the search. I am trying to do my first antelope and got one from a friend of mine. Turns out there are few good size scabbed over wounds on both sides of the face. Is this common with antelope or did I just get a bad one? Think I can cut these out and sew them up since they are on the face or better off trying to find a different cape.
Secondly in looking through the search there were tips on removing the horns from the core. Do I have to do this on a full head mount and if so why?
Thanks in advance, y'all have given me good advice in the past.
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You have the perfect cape already to do you're FIRST Antelope. You don't want a perfect one to goof up do you? And if you get any deer or antelope without a blemish on the face, keep it for a competition cape. All bucks fight and get beat up in the face sooner or later. Leave the scars as is, or cut them out, what ever you want to do, it's up to you, not us. And yes,,,,,,,, you have to clean the core of the horns, take them off of the post. Microwave or boil. Clean all of the rubber goop out of the inside, and then pack with borax till they dry, clean the skull post. When dry, you can bondo the horns back on the post, before or after you mount. IF YOU DO NOT CLEAN the cores out, the inside of the antler will rot, stink, smell, draw bugs, fly's, then maggots. So why did you want to skip this step? You want a better cape to put rotten horns on? Keep hitting the orange search button.
i dont know for sure about the scabs your talking about, but with the horns, they are hallow inside and there is meat inside them. if you dont remove that meat, beleave me, you will have one hell of a stink. removing it is not hard to do. just cut the cape off where the hair meets the horn. cut your skull plate just like you would for a white tail. boil the plate allowing the horn to be in the boil a little too, and the horn will pull off easy. clean it really good inside, but be careful, as its kinda thin at the base. when you go to mount it, i use mache to fill the horn back up, then press it into place, remove the excess, and glue the hide back where it belongs. its that easy. others here may have better methods, but this one has worked for me. good luck with your mount.
Thanks for the info you all have given me. It is informative and should help. Mr T, I wasn't trying to skip steps on the horns, just really was not aware that there was meat inside, thought they were similar to deer horns. But thanks agian. Much appreciated.
I've seen antelope scab over on the sides of the faces while in rut. They have a gland under the black patch on each cheek that will swell when they are in rut and crack the skin. If your tanning it yourself, shave as much of the gland out as you can. Those gland will also make an antelope stink.