Elk Teeth

Submitted by Rod on 11/8/99. ( rs@pacificdesignbuild.com )

What is the best way to remove elk teeth and clean?

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This response submitted by MARK on 11/8/99. ( knoblochs@worldnet.att.net )

Their are many ways to remove the teeth, most all of mine I
remove in the field. I'm sure their are some easier ways than
how I do it. This works great for me, it will take a little
practice and a big heavy knife, maybe a Bowie knife, but
take your time on your first so you do not break them.
Take the knife and start working it side to side at the base of
the tooth cutting down to the bottom, then go to the other side
and do the same. Once you have it cut and a little loose then
try to run the knife on the out side of the tooth at the base
and give it a tap between the tooth and gum. Once you get the
knife up to the base then start to pry it out. Good luck ,
once you get the tooth out clean off the meat with a knife or
razor blade. Polish with a soft cloth or a boot polish wheel.

Try this one...

This response submitted by Bud W on 11/9/99. ( )

Take a short length of 1" PVC pipe and coming from the front of the bulls muzzle place the end of the pipe against the front base of the ivory. Use a handy rock or short piece of lumber and give the pipe a sharp thump and "voila" clean ivory pops out. I was shown this old guide trick a few years back and the ivory usually comes out clean as a whistle! This was kinda spooky the first time I tried it but I haven't lost one yet (knock on wood.) I just got back from the second rifle season in New Mexico and used the method to take the ivory out of all but a couple of the dozen or so bulls we took. A solid stick with a fork also will work but I'd stay away from sharp metal objects to keep from scratching the ivory. On an additional note I've only done this with fresh specimens and I'm not sure how it will work with a partially dried skull.

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