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Antelope horn removal....the final frontier!!

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by michael p., Oct 18, 2007.

  1. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    With all the back & forth on Antelope horn removal tast week I figured I would show my simple "fool proof" method of removing the horn's ;D LOL

    FIRST!! Before removing I drill a small pilot hole in each outer side where the "notch" is on the shell. When you re-attach the shell's of Antelope horns they will slide all the way to the base of the skull which is to far. This hole allows you to insert a brake when reattaching the shells so you do not have to guess the proper allignment & heighth of each horn.

    Then I simmer them one side at a time in dawn soap & baking soda on VERY LOW heat for 15-20 minutes (a smaller pot allows you to regulate the temperature better)

    Stick in other side for 15-20 minutes

    And that's it ;D ;)

    I then simmer the skull cap only for another 15-20 minutes to remove the reast of the meat & grease.
  2. WOW that eazy that Micheal p.

  3. bill@hogheaven

    [email protected] New Member

    Looks like most things you do, you do outdoors LOL.
  4. bw

    bw New Member

    Without starting the fire again, I just wanted to say that I think that is still more work than necessary.

    BUT I am really glad you posted it....because I learned a much better way of gauging the height of my horns. I had always taken caliper measurements from the top of the eye orbit to the "notch". And Im always wondering if Im off by a little bit. But the idea of drilling a hole just against the bottom of the horn is an excellent idea. Nice work Michael.
  5. Man,I thought I was a slob until seeing your outside work area Michael P.Now I don't feel so bad.Good tip with the pilot hole.
  6. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    You beat me to it. lol Clean up back there MichaelP!!! (j/k, I'm a pretty big slob myself.)
  7. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    It could be ::) But it's what i'm very comfortable with and it's simple & idiot proof (unless you forget about them!! :p )

    The show room and my storage/salting room are the only things in order.....my work are & the back slab look like a bomb hit it!!! I got an old black wino named Leroy that comes by once or twice a week to mow, cleans the yard, sweep's etc. I'm gonna have to get him to straighten out the slab ;) LOL I had him help me clean out the salting/storage building and it looks GREAT!!

    HOLMES Active Member

    Where did you get the special timer for the job? Is it required for professional results? ;D
  9. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    I thought it would add a "funny" touch to it ;) I'll talk to yall later, I gotta get my a$$ to work :p
  10. I have the same exact "timer" on my kitchen wall.

    Thanks for taking the time to show how you do this MP.
  11. cattrax

    cattrax Beats being in the shop!

    Just curious Michael, what's the Dawn do for you. I use sodium carbonate myself instead of sodium BIcarbonate. I think it works on the meat a little quicker.
  12. cht

    cht New Member

    Did you get upset with the trash can with the red racing stripe? Great idea w/ the pilot hole thanks.
  13. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Michael, "idiot proof" and "fool proof" are words you should eschew. The FIRST thing you need to find is a cure for your gasoline ass. Why on earth would you "drill a hole" in an antelope horn? The things will litterally fall off before you have the hide pickled and tanned anyway, so where's the fire? A hole in the horn is basically a "dead end". It won't provide osmosis for any liquid simply because the inside pressure is equal to the outside pressure. Once you start sliding the core OUT, the hole will allow liquide to seep in behind the vaccuum, but FOR WHAT, THE HORN IS OFF THEN ANYWAY. The soft tips of the horn core are up toward the core tips so the liquid isn't going to run uphill. The cores are tapered, so no mechanical advantage is going to be had when insert the cured cores back into the dry casings. A truly FOOLPROOF method is to bag the fresh horns and leave them OUTSIDE while you take the cape INSIDE and flesh it out and tan it.
  14. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    If you look at the picture George, he's not drilling a hole in the horn, he's drilling it in the core.
  15. George let his hippo mouth overload his humming bird ass.
  16. pyeager1

    pyeager1 Active Member

    Thanks Michael! A picture is worth a thousand words. My horns have been laying on the work bench since last Thursday and as of last night they still wouldn't budge! I guess they haven't spoiled enough. I'll try putting them in some water today.
  17. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    BOY.....what a waist of band width you just posted ol'buddy. The "hole" is simply for my feeble mind to be able to set the horn's where they were originally. Being at a Government job all your life is starting to show George ;D LMAO

    Seriously though.......that is what work's for me & I have never had a problem . I will call you if I do ;)

    Now go pop you a Viagra & watch this George....maybe you can releive some pressure ;)
  18. oldterryr

    oldterryr Terry's in Heaven with no worries at all.

    gasoline a$$ is the #1 comeback
  19. pyeager1

    pyeager1 Active Member

    I watched the video Michael! She had pretty "deer toe" don't you think?
  20. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Michael, you guys really need to stop worrying about my sex life. When you get to be my age you find that uninary and bowel dependability are much more gratifying. I sure don't need to elevate my blood pressure for any reason. LMAO