Bagging an elk is on the bucket list of many serious hunters. Though few accomplish this task, the attempts breed admiration for the elk's ability to cheat death time and again. A fitting consolation prize and testimony to the animal's majesty is a mounted pair of elk-antler sheds. Not only does such a keepsake serve as a reminder of days afield, it also motivates the hunter to pursue this elusive game with greater skill and intensity at the next given opportunity.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Wood base
- Epoxy resin
- 2 All-thread rods
- 2 Bolts
- 2 Nuts
- 2 Washers
- 2 Antler sheds
Draft a rough likeness of the mount as you would like to see it in final form. Decide on issues like shape and dimensions of the base, as well as how far apart the antlers will be spaced. Take into account the colour and shape of the sheds themselves.
Obtain a base for the sheds appropriate to the room in which you will display them. Opt for something ornate if the final destination is a sitting room. Select a more roughly carved underpinning for a basement or workshop.
Estimate the size of the elk by scoring the sheds on the Boone & Crockett website. Compare the score with other elk harvested in the same locale, and place your elk in an approximate age group. Use the average size for that age to determine how far apart the antlers would be on the skull plate. Drill holes in the base accordingly.
Drill holes at the base of each shed. Insert an all-thread rod into each antler, and seal them with an epoxy resin. Let them set for 24 hours.
Attach the extended all-thread rods to a metal antler-locking-hub with nuts and washers. Bolt the hubs into the previously drilled holes in your base. Stain the antlers or the base if appropriate.
Tips and warnings
- If you find sheds that are not intact, consider using them to make rattling horns.
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