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Buffalo horn removal

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by derhntr, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. derhntr

    derhntr Member

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    I recently got in my first American Buffalo, I had no issues caping the animal as I have done several horned animals already. I wanted to place the horns in a bucket of water to soak so I could core them but they are very flaky. I tried it for a half day and the outer part of the horn wants to flake off. I pulled them out and they are drying now and I will be able to save them but am stumped on which direction to go. As I look for the proper form I noticed that you don't use the skull plate on a buffalo just the horns, is that correct?

    I thought about drilling out the core, but I'm afraid anything I do will destroy the horns, please any thoughts on the matter. I've read all though the archives and not feeling I have a grip on this.
     
  2. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Well-Known Member

    Don't let them soak or you'll destroy them as you found out. Let them rot off or boil them off one at a time for 30 minutes. Be careful with them. Start by slicing a think blade up between the horn and the bone all the way around. You can drill a small hole through them into the core to assist, but you shouldn't need to.
     

  3. derhntr

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    Thanks boarhunter, I just finished removing them from the core, I started by cutting though with a very sharp knife, then used my dermal with a small bit until the horn came free.