Mule Deer and Whitetail Deer Skull Mount Instructions-

Items I use for assembly include-

  • Safety glasses for eye protection
  • pencil or magic marker
  • measuring tape
  • a saw if removing antlers from a skull plate
  • dremel file or die grinder
  • sculpting compound or bondo please use surgical type gloves when handling sculpting compound or bondo
  • drill and drill bits-I always use a small pilot bit to lead the path for larger holes to be drilled  1/8″ bit. And a drill bit slightly larger than the diameter of the square pegs included in the kit. 9/19 TO 5/8 drill bit.
  • screw driver for drywall screws
  • piece of plywood to mount your skull onto to have a pedestal to attach your antlers- i like to pre-drill my holes with a pilot bit and then attach the skull to the plywood with dry wall screws
  • 5 minute epoxy
  • white spray-paint
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  • Assembly Process-

  • First and foremost, Safety First. Use your best judgement when  assembling your skull mount. Safety glasses, proper ventilated area etc. If you don’t feel like you can safely do this,  please have licensed taxidermist for hire to assemble it for you.
  • I obtain  antlers. If I have to remove from the skull,  the antler spread is measured between g1 to g1 to use as a reference to get the rack back to where it was. I also like to take a few pictures with my cell phone to go back for a backup reference.
  • If I have to remove antlers from a harvested animal,  the antlers are cut off directly below the burr.

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  • After cutting off the antlers or using antler sheds, I prepare the area below the burr. I use a dremel or end grinder
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  • The area below the burr should look close to these two examples in the above referenced photos.

 

 

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  • Now I hold the the antlers up to the skull mount to see the position I need to achieve.  I can then see the angle I need to drill. “Click on the the above pictures to see the red lines I made to see the angle I drill my hole”
  • I use a pencil or marker to mark on the bottom of antler base and on the skull as reference points
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  •  Next I very carefully  drill my holes, I drill the angle that I referenced in the above photos. I only drill into the antler base 1 inch deep. I only drill into the center of the antler.

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  • Now is the time I clean all shavings out of the holes and install the square pegs I use . I use the 5 minute epoxy glue at the hard ware store. Mix up the glue and scoop it into the hole of the antler. Now I push the square peg into the hole.  With the antler standing upright I let the peg cure into place .
  • After the epoxy has been set. I  insert the antlers into the skull mount. If this the final position I like,   5 minute epoxy  is applied.  The antler pegs are securely epoxied into the skull.
  • After the epoxy has cured securely with the antlers into place,  any gaps I may have, are filled with my choice of sculpting putty or bondo. I prefer using the 2 part sculpting putty and smoothing it with water, it don’t have a strong odor and is very user friendly. I always use surgical type gloves for this to keep the stuff off my hands. Below is a picture of the sculpting putty, there are many brands out there.

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  • My skull mount will have all gaps filled with the putty. It is really easy to use and you can smear it in the cracks or gaps. It will smooth easily with water. Here is the example of the putty in place. Check out the pics below– the bottom left picture shows the smoothed putty in place,  the bottom picture on the right, with orange highlights shows shows the gap area I filled and smoothed in.

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  • After the putty cures and everything is dry, I wipe down the skull and tape up the bottom burr area of each antler base. I then use a bone white, or off white spray paint and paint the skull.
  • After the paint is cured to my liking I then mount it to a plaque or suitable hanger.
  • Below is the finished product of this example, after the skull was painted, I restored the antlers.

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