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Locked antlers

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Redfisher, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. Redfisher

    Redfisher New Member

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    Would anyone have or might know where I can find pics of a shoulder mount set of whitetail deer with locked antlers and mounted on the same wall, and is this type of mount even possible, or has anyone mounted a set like this? I have googled images and can't find anything. I can post pics of the locked set if it helps.
     
  2. I'd like to see the looked set. ;D
     

  3. outback195

    outback195 Dont hold this against me

    Here are a couple, Just typed Fighting bucks taxidermy in the search for images.
     

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  4. Redfisher

    Redfisher New Member

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    I will post the pictures when I get home today around 6:30. I also have another question. If u were hunting and came across a pair of deer locked up barely alive would u shoot the antler off one and let them live or would u shoot both deer. I personally would shoot the antler off one and hope for the best.
     
  5. I would shoot the antler off if I could. . . unless both were near death, then I'd put them out of their misery and take my share of the spoils.
     
  6. Redfisher

    Redfisher New Member

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    Thank u outback195!
     
  7. Southern_Trophy

    Southern_Trophy USMC O.I.F. Veteran OohRah!

    Kill 'em all and let the processer sort 'em out LOL!!
     
  8. outback195

    outback195 Dont hold this against me

    No problem, A mentor of mine mounted a locked set of antlers once on top of a coffee table made of mostly glass ! He said it was one of the hardest mounts he's done due to the horn's not able to come apart. He had to rebuild forms and position them to fit the antlers.
     
  9. Frog

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    I have mounted a locked set before without unlocking them. I had to do a pedestal that would fit the way that the racks were locked together. The antlers would have to be in a perfect position to do both on the wall.
     
  10. Bill Yox

    Bill Yox Active Member

    I have done many sets and I always mount them together unless theyre locked because the heads helped lock them as well. Even then I tie and tape them so the integrity of the locks are saved. I think thats important. Unfortunately, the head angles of the locks dictate the angles and not the wall. Enjoy them, as theyre a lot of fun to mount, I love doing those alterations.
     
  11. I hope this description makes sense.

    I did one and as Bill said I left the antlers attached and protected that.

    I decided to have one deer attached to the wall and the other suspended from that deer.

    The first deer was mounted in a hard turn with some twist in the neck (altered this way) and both sets of antlers attached in the normal manner of any shoulder mount.

    I then mounted the second deer after needed alterations and left only the top of the head open. Once at that point I attached that deer to the second set of antlers and finished sewing the top of the head. The antler sets in bondo for each deer was done prior to mounting the first deer so it was a simple matter of holding the second deer in place and applying 4 screws and sewing.

    You need to do all your alterations and test fitting before putting the skin on the first one of course. Get everything mocked up and proceed mounting. It will be fun.

    It turned out pretty cool and some where I have 35 MM pics of it as it was about 18 years ago. But I hope you can get the idea of what I did and it helps you if you take'em.
     
  12. arrowflinger

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    IMHO, I think that if you are going to mounts locked up horns it should be on dual full body mounts.

    Maybe some of you will have examples of your work that change my minds but the two mounts above just look a little odd. The work is impressive, but the first one looks like they are making out and the second one looks really odd like one of the deer will fall off the wall. Again, it's not the quality of those mounts, they just look oddly positioned. I think it would be a challenge to get dual mounts not to look odd.

    I'd like to see a picture of the one dangling from the other, I bet that would look cool.
     
  13. Redfisher

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    Thanks for the good advise and Lone Wolf your decription makes sense. Suspending one from the other would be cool, and i hope to start this project soon.
     
  14. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

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    Sorry about the quality of this picture, but here's one I did several years ago. I too left the racks intact and casted and molded the legs and body to do what I needed them to do.
     
  15. arrowflinger

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    That's really cool.....makes it look more realistic and less posed....IMHO not that it matters.

    AF
     
  16. Redfisher I will try to find those pics. I think I took a series of pics of the project as it progressed and took several of the finished deal. I remember taken some laying on the floor shooting straight up at it. It was a pretty cool lookin' mount.

    The guy I did it for actually found the two heads a month or two after they had died. He was shed hunting after the season had closed. I got a couple good capes and had to do some staining and a few repairs on the antlers.

    Your deer could be mounted like those to hang on the wall or you could do a really badas$ pedestal piece with one attached to the pedbase and the other suspended. Use your imagination and do'em up right.
     
  17. Redfisher

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  18. arrowflinger

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    Let's see one of you guys take on this challenge: http://www.buckmanager.com/2010/12/02/three-bucks-found-locked-dead/

    Pretty cool.

    AF
     
  19. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

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    The Joe Coombs fighting bucks mannikins would work well for your sets of antlers done on a pedistal. See the Breachthrough issue with Joe Meder's bucks on the cover, issue #37. Those were done using those mannikins as was mine.
     
  20. Redfisher

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    Here they are. Locked up tighter than 2 coats of paint.