I have always wanted to learn how to mount my own antlers. Not using those generic kits they sell. This winter i started messing around with it. I had two meat caribou racks sitting around in my garage, one small bull and one cow. I figured these would be great to practice with. Both sets were in velvet so i had to strip and stain them. In the past i always thought taxidermy rates for stripping/stain antlers were steep. Well i was wrong that is one time consuming process! They don't get paid nearly enough for it! Each mount cost me less that 15 dollars each to make. It was pretty time consuming though. Most of the materials i had laying around the house except for the plaster i used for the dome piece. It was $11 from Michaels and it was enough to do both mounts. I was pretty happy with how the turned out for a first time experiment. If anyone has any suggestions or tips for my future antler mounts let me know.
My buddy asked if i would mount a caribou rack for him so i will be starting another one this week. His buddy was backing him up when he shot it and put a bullet hole though the main beam. It didn't break it in two but there is a hole in the center of it. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to fill it with? I would appreciate any suggestions.