FPS combines my passion for hunting and wildlife conservation with the overall need for self sufficiency.
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Step 1: The 2012 Bow Season Was a Success, This Buck Followed a Doe Into One of Our Food Plots.
Step 2: This Antler Mount Is Easy to Do With Minimal Tools.
Using a handsaw, split the skull across the bridge of the nose between the eye sockets, continuing back and exiting behind the ears. This will give plenty of bone to work with once the final shaping is done.
Clean off the skull cap and remove as much hide as possible. The cleaner the skull cap, the easier it will be to boil the skull down.
Step 3: Working Over the Burner of an Outdoor Grill, Place the Skull Cap Into a Pot of Hot Water.
Allow the pot of water to simmer on a low boil as the hide and membrane loosens from the bone.
For reference, this skull mount simmered for 5 hours on a low boil before everything was ready to be scraped away.
BTW, if you're wanting your wife to divorce you just boil the antlers on the kitchen stove!!
Step 4: A Deeper Pot May Be Needed Depending on the Size of the Rack.
Step 5: Using a Screwdriver and Pliers Scrape Away the Remaining Material.
Step 6: Be Sure to Get All of the Hide Off. the Stubborn Areas May Need to Be Boiled a Little Longer.
Step 7: Mark a Straight Line Across the Skull Just Over the Eye Sockets.
Step 8: On the Backside of the Skull, Mark a 45 Degree Angle Towards the Skull Base.
Step 9: Using a Hacksaw, Square Up the Skull for Mounting.
Step 10: Once the Skull Is Cut, Square Up Any Remaining Irregularities With a Belt Sander.
Step 11: These Antlers Will Be Mounted on a Piece of 1 X 4 Cedar. Cedar Looks Good Whether Stained or Left Natural.
Step 12: Cut the Cedar Back Plate 12 Inches Long and the Shelf at 6 Inches in Length.
Once the two pieces are cut to length miter the corners to give a more finished appearance.