Antelope Horn Removal Question

Big Moose

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I just got back from Wyoming with a nice antelope buck. He's not as big as the one already on my wall so I thought I'd do a eruo type mount. This will be my first one. So I boiled the head in Dawn and baking soda for about 40 minutes. Then I scraped the meat and membrane off. There was still a little more so I dropped it back in the pot for another 1/2 hour. Now the skull is pretty much clean and the brains are out. I still could not get the sheaths off. I threw out the old water and boiled the horns again in clean water and Dawn to degrease them further for about another 1/2 hour. I still can not get the sheaths off.

One of my buddies had told me to not get the horns too far under the water and now I'm thinking that may have my problem. They should have been further under the water. At this point, I think I've boiled them too long. Should I just wait for them to rot and then pull them off ? The skull is nice and clean and I'll hit it with the 40% peroxide once the sheaths are off and cleaned up. I'm just worried about getting the sheaths off without damaging them.

Any thoughts ?
 

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Moose, you can "simmer" no rolling boil, in that same bath with the horns submerged. 15mins and the horns should slide right off. If you don't want to submerge the horns you can bag it up, leave it outside for a few weeks to rot off.
 

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CL&RR... I simmered the skull as you recommended and the sheaths finally came off. It may have taken a little longer but I checked them every 5 minutes and when one came off, the other one did also. Thank you.

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