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macerating skull with antlers?

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by ofearthandbone, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. ofearthandbone

    ofearthandbone New Member

    Any tips on this? will the antlers be compromised?
  2. sgsmith

    sgsmith Member

    there shouldn't be any problem as long as the antlers are hard horned,

  3. ofearthandbone

    ofearthandbone New Member

    white tailed deer…i assume this is hard as opposed to velvet?
  4. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Yes. There are several posts on here where someone had a deer with antlers that were not out of velvet but had the velvet scraped off *or* something was wrong with the deer itself. I believe the common thing with the problem sets were that the antlers were an odd chocolate color. They split and the antlers were soft and rotting inside. As long as you have a legal hunters trophy with hard, mature antlers there should not be any problems.
  5. ofearthandbone

    ofearthandbone New Member

    its going to be a euro mount, my first.
  6. So as long as the antlers are legit and normal, they wont become discolored?
  7. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    They should not. Hardened antlers are solid and will not be affected. If any I do are really fancy looking, I will cover them with a good layer of latex or silicone (Seal n Peel) to above the waterline while they are macerating and degreasing.
  8. Awesome. Thanks Sea Wolf!
  9. QBD

    QBD Active Member

    Just a further note.....what you may see as you progress through the maceration and degreasing process is a loosening of some of the tree resin and bark from the between the ridges on or near the antler burrs. This will often cause some color change and I think that is often what folks are talking about when they say the process is discoloring the antlers. This can have a small or large effect on the appearance depending on the type of trees have been rubbed and the amount of build up on the antlers.

    I have never considered it to be a problem.