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Removing Skull From Shoulder Mount Deer ?

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Jim Ignatowski, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. Jim Ignatowski

    Jim Ignatowski New Member

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    Hello Everyone - I'm a complete newbie, so apologies in advance if this makes no sense. I have an 8 point shoulder mount deer head mounted to a wood plaque and a 10 point. Both have separation around the ears - Any idea what the value is of these ?

    If I was unable to sell them, I'm wondering if there is an easy way of removing the skull or antlers for mounting ? Can I simply peel away the skin ?

    I'm attaching a couple of pics of the 8 point, I'm just realizing that the pics of the ears and 10 points are on a different machine.

    Thanks in advance
     

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  2. Micah Howards

    Micah Howards Active Member

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    Hi, so these really aren't going to be worth much at all sorry. But my brothers use to take alot of antlers off of old mounts it isn't very easy but not to hard either, just take a sharp knife cut the skin back where it looks like it was sewn and once you get that lifted a little you can take a tough flat head screwdriver and start to pry it up,(the skull will must likely bondoed and screwed in) once you get it to where you can see the skull on both sides you can take the flat head screwdriver and a hammer and start hitting where the skull and foam meet. And once it is cleared a bit you should be able to see screws ( if there is any). also if you would want I could mount the deer again for you! lol
     

  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Do as stated above but do this first, get a clean trash can that the rack will fit in , put mounted head , rack down in trash can . Then fill with water just high enough to go past back of ear butts , leave in water for a day or two and then follow above directions. But I doubt you will have to bang on it as it will practically fall apart after you cut the stitches out
     
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  4. Micah Howards

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    yeah I was going to say that too but forgot. I don't know if the water will make it fall apart but it was always hard when we did it, even on really old mounts.
     
  5. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Then your just not soaking it long enough . It will get very soft and ply able , just cut the stitches loosen the screws, if soaked long enough the clay or machae on top of skull will be soft and gooie , very easy to find the screws .
     
  6. Micah Howards

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    Well we never actually soaked them, we just worked with them dry. I just being on here the last while thought that I should suggest that cause I thought it would probably work but forgot to mention it. Thanks for the tips tho.
     
  7. Jim Ignatowski

    Jim Ignatowski New Member

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    Awesome! Makes sense - I'm going to give it a shot. Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the help.
     
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  8. Micah Howards

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    Anytime!!