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Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by mjsandt, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. mjsandt

    mjsandt New Member

    Im working on my first antelope and would like some direction. I have some references of live animals but none to help with an eyeset or horn setting. How does this look as a rough draft. Im just playing right now. the skin is still in the freezer.
  2. mjsandt

    mjsandt New Member

    this is just a trial run. I can make changes.. What do you guys that do ALOT of antelope think

  3. mjsandt

    mjsandt New Member

    on a deer I dremmel out the crease infront of the eye in the form. Do I need to do that on this?
  4. squid

    squid hunt hard or go home

    do you have the top of the skull(bridge of nose are) still, i like to cut mine horns off and leave the bridge of nose attached then i can lay it along the nose of the form and mark were i need to cut it off at then i can also see the actuall angle the horns when they were on the animal.
    in my opinion i would tilt the horns a touch more forward, seems to me alot of the antelope i shoot and the ones i see around here the horns tip just alittle bit forward. but what you have looks pretty good.
  5. I agree with squid. The horn tips are too far back. Raise the rear of the skull plate 1/2 - 3/8 of an inch.
    Also to answer your last question. No. Antelope do not have a deep preorbital gland like deer do. Your form looks fairly accurate just the way it is.
  6. mjsandt

    mjsandt New Member

    thanks guys, I was going off the way the eye sockets lined up and making a smooth transition from the forehead on the skull to the forehead of the form.
  7. mjsandt

    mjsandt New Member

    is the top brow gonna be too heavy once the shin is added?
  8. Jake of cousins outdoors

    Jake of cousins outdoors Shoot like you're hungry!

    You prolly done no this just throwing it out there cause you said it was your first just in case, remember to remove the sheaths and clean from underneith them and remove the musk glands in the neck.
  9. MHTaxidermy

    MHTaxidermy (307) 640-2602

    You might find this helpful.

  10. kennygribbins

    kennygribbins god , family first !!

    jake x2
  11. is that a air raid shelter your working in....
  12. mjsandt

    mjsandt New Member

    yes it is
  13. Well, at least it looks like your eye orbit bone lines up OK. I did 2 the other weekend and the capes were 16.5 inches. I ordered 16 inch forms. The eye orbits on my skulls were 1/2 inch "sunk" in from the orbit on the form on both sides. So the overall width of my skulls were 1 inch narrower than the form. I find that to be the norm when mounting goats. But I don't do many. Maybe one or two per year. According to the warden who checked these goats over, he said they were 4+ years old. So they should have had a mature skull. Just a lot narrower than the form.

  14. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

    I agree with Bruce almost evey antelpoe i mount is that way?
  15. mjsandt

    mjsandt New Member

    so do you normally have to cut the form to make it more narrow
  16. tazzymoto

    tazzymoto Well-Known Member

  17. DRon

    DRon New Member

    Just another tip, if you have a Y incision in your cape. It's WAY easier to cut the head off, pull your cape on then bondo the head back on.
  18. LordRusty

    LordRusty If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.


    Maybe this will help with the pitch of the horns. It is the tendency to mount Pronghorn horns either too straight up, or pitched way too far forward. References are always a BIG help.


  19. mjsandt

    mjsandt New Member

    thanks LR