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Detachable Elk Antlers

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by Kevin Halle, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. Kevin Halle

    Kevin Halle Well-Known Member

    I did this on an Elk but can be done on any antlered animal. This can be done many ways but this worked for me so I am going to share.

    The skull plate was split for shipping to the shop from Wyoming.

    First I drilled a pilot hole into the antler from underneath the skull plate. Be sure to mark your bits so you don't go all the way through and out the other side.

    Then I drilled a 1" hole using a paddle bit. Again, mark your bit with tape.

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  2. Kevin Halle

    Kevin Halle Well-Known Member

    I then cut key ways into the walls of the holes using a reciprocating saw.

    Then I taped the end of the tube that will be placed into the hole. Make sure it is taped well.

    Fill the hole 3/4 of the way with bondo/resin.

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  3. Kevin Halle

    Kevin Halle Well-Known Member

    Ensure that the tube is seated all the way down.

    Place the pin down into the stock to ensure no bondo leaked into the tube.

    I used a magnet to pull the pin out.

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  4. Kevin Halle

    Kevin Halle Well-Known Member

    I let the bondo cure overnight before I cut the antlers from the skull plate.

    I used a metal cutting blade to do that. Cut as close to the base of the antler as you can without cutting into the antler.

    I inserted the pin and trimmed all excess bone and metal.

    Install skull plate onto the manikin and secure as you normally would.

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  5. Kevin Halle

    Kevin Halle Well-Known Member

    The finished product. This was fairly simple to do once it is planned out. everything fit well and there is almost no play at all with the antlers. I hope this helps someone.

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  6. EXCELLENT! Thank you for this tutorial !
  7. Michelle_Nelson

    Michelle_Nelson Bring on the Bears!

    I will give this method a try.
  8. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Thanks for sharing. I try to convince customers to let me do detachable antlers on all very large antlered animals. Most don't want to pay the additional $150 fee. I have had many customers thank me later for encouraging them to do this. It makes moving day a lot smoother when antlers can be taken off for the move.
  9. Kevin Halle

    Kevin Halle Well-Known Member

    I charge a minimum of $200.00 for this.
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  10. Lone Wolf AK

    Lone Wolf AK Lone Wolf Taxidermy and Wildlife Artistry

    Here's a similar tutorial for moose

  11. A 1" twist drill works 10x better then a paddle bit.
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  12. Kevin Halle

    Kevin Halle Well-Known Member

    This is posted in the TUTORIALS section. If you want to make a buck off someone or have a better way to do it, post you own tutorial. This is posted here to help people not to prove who has a better way to do it!
  13. I noticed you install the pin in the antler. Another article I saw had it installed in the pedicel. Which is better and why?
  14. Kevin Halle

    Kevin Halle Well-Known Member

    Personally, I don't think it makes a difference.
  15. jason.fairbanks

    jason.fairbanks Member

    This is great!! I have a caribou hunt this Aug and the pilot requires splitting the skull plate. I'm feeling more comfortable tackling this first time project.
  16. Seems like a simple process Kevin, good post.