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Pronghorn horn removal??

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by bucktown bugs, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. bucktown bugs

    bucktown bugs New Member

    I just got an antelope for the first time and was wondering what the best method is to pop the horns off? I have beetles but there is no gap for them to even get into the core.
     
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Rot or steam, bugs may actually eat the horn sheath, there should be plenty of info in the archives about this.
     

  3. I use beetles but you do have to protect the horns beforehand. Before I had beetles, I would put them in very hot water for about 20-30 minutes. Just don't let the water boil. Then twist the horns sideways and they would come off fairly easily.
     
  4. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Also try using the Advanced Search on here. Search only the Skulls and Skeletons section and use terms like pronghorn horn removal, antelope horn removal and similar. Start reading as this has been discussed before many times. There is even a rapid method someone posted about using the microwave.

    and yes, dermestids will eat the horns and be very happy to do so.