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Couple Concerns With Recent Elk Shoulder Mount, Looking For Advice

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Ryan Sayers, Apr 1, 2023.

  1. Same cape as one dropped off

    2 vote(s)
  2. Different cape then one dropped off

    1 vote(s)
  3. Hard to say on cape

    2 vote(s)
  4. Base pin to remove one complete antler

    6 vote(s)
  5. Cut off one or two points, reattach with pin and glue

    0 vote(s)
  6. No modifications and leave in garage

    0 vote(s)
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  1. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I agree! I've done removable antlers on much larger antlers. One was a 440" elk that was the SCI record holder at the time for a handgun kill! Your price is spot on! 448_Elk3.jpg
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  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    The taxidermist who mounted it will just make it worse. He doesn't have the skill to pull it off. I would cancel his coming over and I would take it to a competent taxidermist to do fix it and do removable antlers.
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  3. Ryan Sayers

    Ryan Sayers New Member

    Yah I’ll make sure no points get cut off. Thanks for the info, and prices so that I have an idea of what to expect. If I do the removable antler it’s probably best to do it sooner than later I’m guessing?
  4. Penczak

    Penczak Active Member

    It does not really matter when you do it.
    We have to drill the antler and the skull plate. We epoxy a hollow square metal dow down in the skull plate.
    Then drill the antler and epoxy a solid smaller square metal dow into it.
    It's not the easiest job in the world. Every thing has to be lined up perfectly is the hard part.
    It ussually takes four hands.
    I'm not sure, but I don't think you can get a record book certification after it has been done.
    So you'll want to get the certification done first.
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  5. msestak

    msestak Well-Known Member

    if you remove the antlers from the skull plate or split the skull or cut off and rebuild points, they can not be officially scored or entered into the books.
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  6. roonie

    roonie Member

    I can tell you, depending on the camera/cameras used will definitely change the color.it can be from flash/no flash or/and amount of light casting on your animal. The detach antler is totally possible.if he won't do it....take it elsewhere or if you're
    Mechanically inclined, it's not that hard of a task.just be sure to mark things first
  7. James Marsico

    James Marsico Well-Known Member

    Tubing a elk cape isn't worth the extra work and time. A good sew job doesn't show. But your taxidermist is lying to you on several issues. Cutting off points is ridiculous and stupid. Soaking up the top of the head removing the antlers and doing square stock detachable job is very doable especially on a new mount. I personally would just take the mount to a more experienced taxidermist that doesn't lie and pay the 4 or 5 hundred bucks it will take to make a nice mount of it. The cape being yours is debatable. If he doesn't mount many elk it probably is yours. Just stop your stress, delete that guy from your life and contact a good reliable shop. Keep the gossip down for your own peace of mind and end up with a mount you can look at and be happy with for years to come.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2023
  8. Ryan Sayers

    Ryan Sayers New Member

    After a couple calls this morning I was able to find a guy that sounds competent/comfortable pinning the antler. I’ll meet up with him sometime here soon and go from there. Thanks for all the advice guys, really appreciated.
    For the mount besides keeping it clean and out of direct sunlight anything else you guys recommend to make it look good for as long as I can?
  9. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Keep it from getting infested by months, carpet beetles and mice.
  10. Penczak

    Penczak Active Member

    A small amout of little Borax will ""Keep it from getting infested by months, carpet beetles and mice.""

    Then just use a damp cloth to keep the antlers clean of dust. The hair can be shaken , lightly brushed or lightly vacuumed. Avoid putting it near wood stoves.
  11. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    And direct sun light. Also keep from really high or really low humidity.
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  12. Ryan Sayers

    Ryan Sayers New Member

    Thanks for the tips.

    The taxidermist did actually come to the house this morning, which was good of him. After a couple tries he came to the same conclusion that the mount would not fit down the hallway.

    He said cutting off a point wasn’t sufficient and would want to cut it between the 2 and 3rd point on the main beam of right antler. I know as per the forum here that is not a good idea and will be going with somebody else to finish the project.

    I also asked about the seam down the back of the neck and the tuft of hair on the ridge. He said he cuts all hides except for ones with really short hair (contradicts earlier discussions we had). Anyways he’s a nice guy so I won’t harp on him. I have another guy that should be able to finish the job if I decide to modify the mount. Thanks again everyone for your input, I’ve learned a lot over the last couple weeks!
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2023
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