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Mounting my first Elk!

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Dwb5, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. Dwb5

    Dwb5 Member

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    I'm about to mount my first elk next week. I have no measurements as to how the horns sit on the form.
    Can anyone maybe give me a starting point on how to position the horns?(like eye to burr measurements or nose to tip of horns). Thanks for the help!
     
  2. NMJagdHunter

    NMJagdHunter Ted Wenner

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    Do a prefit, cut accordingly. They vary a lot with regards to pedicle height etc. Check your antlers for wall cearance! Have fun.
     
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  3. Dwb5

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    Ok thanks for the advice. I'm really looking forward to mounting it. But I'm not really looking forward to all the sewing ill have to do.
     
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  4. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Invert the skin, and sew all but enough of it to slip over the head prior to mounting (about 18 inches) Your seam will be much neater by placing the cape on a table and doing a roll stitch. When you align the two sides of the cape, take a sharpie and place marks at 6" intervals on both sides of the seam all the way down. This will keep you aligned as you sew. In 30 minutes or less, you will have most of your sewing done. As for setting the antlers, place the form backboard on the floor and make sure the antler tips don't touch the floor. If they do, adjust accordingly. This is a good time to prefit your cape. I use 5/16" x 6" lag bolts to anchor the antlers. In impact wrench really speeds this up. Place a little oil on bolt threads for ease in tightening them.
     
  5. To reiterate !!! check those antler tips, then check them again ! nothing more frustrating to mount one up then find the antlers touching the wall and cant hang it up.

    I use a 6 foot leveler. (short antlers a 4 foot works) You have the form on your stand any ways, just put the leveler on the back board and rotate it across at the top. If its touching the antlers, cuss then readjust them.

    CHECK THOSE ANTLER TIPS ! I been at this over 30 years, and didn't think to check a kudu just two weeks ago. Didn't catch it until the next day when I WAS going to hang it on the drying wall. Lucky for me they only need a 1/8th to a 1/4 to clear. A panel on it was an easier fix than unsewing, adjusting and resewing.
     
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  6. Dwb5

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    Thanks guys. For all the help. Ill be sure to check it. Should the eye guards be pointed more straight out over the nose?
     
  7. NMJagdHunter

    NMJagdHunter Ted Wenner

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    Generally they come up and away from the line of the nose, check some ref pics and youll see. You will see many people have them coming out more parallel to the line of the nose, usually as a way to cheat the wall clearance issues mentioned above. Better to do the slight alteration of tipping the head down to pull the tips out of the wall vs having the antlers at the wrong angle.
     
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  8. Dwb5

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    Ok thanks. What I have looked at they was more parallel. That's why I was asking.
    I guess now its time to order the form and get started.
    If there is anything else. I need to know about it. Please let me know. But thanks again for helping me this far.
     
  9. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    If you do detach the head from the form, after re-attaching, I drill two 1" holes through the forehead and go deep down into the neck. I have an ancient old wood boring bit that is 18" long I use for this. Slip a piece of re-bar into each hole, and the fill with foam or thinned bondo. This will provide adequate support for the head with those heavy antlers.
     
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  10. Dave York

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    I used to have to put weight on one of the legs of my stand because it would tip over. I have one of the Van Dykes stands and it’s not for big heads. I also filled holes to put a 1/4 inch bolt to keep the head from sinking. I couldn’t tighten the lock Tee handles down tight enough. Finally bought a HD stand.
     
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  11. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Same here, Dave.
     
  12. Dwb5

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    Why would I have to cut the forms head off? Is it because of altering the form?6
    I hope mine holds it. It has a big platform I just don't know if everything will tighten up enough. Its a home made stand. I guess we will see. I always knew they was big. I just didn't realize how big until you have the cape laying in the floor in front of you! Lol. They sure are a little bigger than a east TN deer!!
     
  13. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Yes, if you cut the head off to alter it, you need to beef up the support rather than depending on bondo or foam at the cut site.

    I lay an 80 lb bag of quickcrete on the backside of the base of my mounting stand when mounting large game. I have placed a 2 x 4 under the chin of moose to aid in support while mounting.
     
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  14. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Some elk forms come cut from the suppliers to fit in a smaller box.
     
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  15. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    LOL. It wouldn't take too much to be larger than an East Tennessee whitetail! Having moved to Greene County (from Chicago and previously done most of my hunting in the boonies of Central Wisconsin) I have yet to see a deer I would waste my time hunting around here. What they call big here only an impatient ten year old kid on his first hunt would shoot something this small up north.

    Good luck with your mount!

    Vic
     
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  16. Dwb5

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    What part of green county are you in. I am a pest control tech. And I service green county.
     
  17. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Every elk I ever mounted was done as Joey suggests but the form was set FLAT ON THE FLOOR. If you set that form on the floor (on it's backboard), you will never have to guess if you have wall clearance. Mount your antlers. If they are cocked or skewed in any way, it means you need to alter your form. Positioning them on the form really shouldn't be a big issue either. Use the muzzle line top to align with the skull plate. If the antlers were cut properly (half distance between the burr and the eye, it will be even easier.
     
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  18. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    I learned that from you!
     
  19. Dwb5

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    Thanks everyone for all the advice. I'm sure ill have a lot more questions after the form arrives.
     
  20. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    Chuckey - near Chuckey Elementary School but I teach at Science Hill High School in Johnson City.