Removable Elk Horns on Mount

Submitted by Gale on 1/24/06 at 5:25 PM. ( )

I am mounting a 360 class Elk and I want to make the horns removable to make it easier to transfer the mount to different locations. Does anyone know of a good procedure and hardware to do that?

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This response submitted by Tenbears on 1/24/06 at 5:33 PM. ( )

1/2 inch Id aquare tubing, and 1/2 od square bar stock. Drill kole amd epozy them in be sure they are aligned properly.

Step-by-Step Detachable Antlers

This response submitted by Lone Wolf on 1/24/06 at 11:26 PM. ( )

There's a really good step-by-step detachable elk antler process outlined in the Feb 2003, Issue #73, Breakthrough Magazine on page 54. Mitch Sanchotena explains his process very well, and it eliminates a lot of "guesswork" on proper alignment during reassembly. Regardless of technique, it's always a good idea to take multiple measurements prior to sawing off the antlers from the skullcap to ensure accurate reattachment angles/spacing. Good Luck!

Detachable Antlers

This response submitted by John Griffith on 1/25/06 at 6:00 AM. ( )

Check out gameheads for December 11th or 12th entitled "removable antler's for moose or elk" post in which I have detailed how I do detachable antlers. I have pictures of the whole process if needed. Those other processes suck!

If Uncle Glen will let me put this process on his website I would be glad to do so. It's a proven method that's simple and effective. Good Luck.

John Griffith

I like Mitch Sanchotena's method, but

This response submitted by Jay Parke / Legacy Taxidermy on 1/25/06 at 9:48 AM. ( )

I found on the heavy ranch bulls I am doing some times the bondo would not secure to to antler. I fixed this but cutting a V notch in the tubing that goes it the antler ( making it two sharp points). I cut the tubbing a little long , put the bondo in the horn as I push it down, and I finish it off with a couple of good smacks to set the points in the bottom of the hole. So far the 8 to 12 pound antlers have not moved yet . Hope this helps . Jay

IMO Bondo should NEVER be used for this job

This response submitted by George on 1/25/06 at 1:52 PM. ( )

I use epoxy with fiberglass chop. Bondo is simply too soft a material to hold the big guys in place.

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