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Elk shoulder mount options
« on: October 04, 2007, 11:42:54 AM »
I recently harvested my first archery rosey bull, he is worthy of hanging on my wall, but I am limited on space. I have been looking on web trying to find pics of diff head/shoulder mounts that may work in my home. Curious if anyone has pics or knows where I might view pics of a variety of diff mounts.

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2007, 11:47:07 AM »
do you have pic's of this rosey bull??
and a story?
that'd be awesome...i'll trade ya  ;)
post it in the elk forum.
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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2007, 11:48:22 AM »
hit michelle nelson up on here and see what she's got. she's our local pro taxi.

http://freewebs.com/mntaxidermy/index.htm

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2007, 12:31:34 PM »
swizzler,

Their is a lot of different ways to have an Elk mounted.  Pedestals or wall mounts.  Elk are a big critter so either way they are going to take up space.  First off do you know exactly where you want the elk in your house? 

:dunno: Are you only interested in a wall mount or are you open to a pedestal.  How high are your ceilings?  Their are a lot of options.  Even if you don't see a form that is exactly the way you want it one can be modified.  Another thing to remember when it comes to mounting an elk is "ANTLER CLEARANCE".  You want to make sure antlers will clear things around it.  Especially if you are going to do a wall mount. 

Are their any other specific questions that you have?

I couldn't find any of the pictures?
« Last Edit: October 04, 2007, 12:40:33 PM by Michelle_Nelson »

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2007, 04:09:00 PM »
measurementw would be good as well.....such as measurements of the cape so that we can give you some form options.  Also, measurements of your antelrs for wall clearance.

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2007, 06:47:12 PM »
Bone,

Antler measurments are probably not going to help us figgure out his antler clearance.  We bon't know how the antlers set on the head or how they set on the form.  We don't know the tilt of the antlers.  Do you know what I am trying to say?  Having a hard time trying to explain it.  :)

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2007, 07:09:35 PM »
Hey Swizzler, here is a picture of a mount I did that would look good on your bull.

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2007, 07:11:58 PM »
most specifically the width.  If the form has a clearance of 26 inches from the center of head, from the wall, the average width of th antelrs better not be greatter than 52 or so if you know what I mean.  That is with a radical turn.  Another option would be tip of antlers to center of skull so that you clear the wall with a more straight on approach.

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2007, 07:21:07 PM »
I just looked at the pics of the bull he killed and it looks like its around 42 - 45 wide. It should work with most turns, even the 90's. That bull looks like at least a 12 1/2 x 32 in cape.

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2007, 07:28:08 PM »
Swizzler, I have a picture of a pivot pedestal that you can look at a couple of posts down if you want to see what that looks like. Its the picture of the big velvet bull. That form pivots in a pipe so you can turn it how you want on the base. Ive done a few of those mounts. Its a joe coombs form where the other bull mount I put in this post is a reaserch 45 degree bugling ( flemming) pose. Hope those pics help you make a decision. Your taxidermist will be able to figure out which forms they are by that info I gave you. Oh , by the way, DANDY BULL!!!!!

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2007, 07:30:34 PM »
HOLY MOLY...Now that is a bull elk....or its a replica of a prehistoric monster. :o

Awesome mount as well.

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2007, 07:42:18 PM »
Thanks! yeah thats a pig of a bull. Wish I killed it!

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2007, 07:52:16 PM »
Is that on this form

I had thought about doing mine with that, but not sure I want to do the whole open mouth thing.  This was the form I was thinking aobut using as a wall mount.

My bull has incredible fronts and not the best backs.  I was trying to find a form that would show that off.  Any thoughts?

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2007, 08:05:04 PM »
Yeah, thats the form I used on the 388 bull. The form you are thinking about using I think , is more for a bull that you want to show off from the side. I believe thats a 90 degree form isnt it? I had a customer that just picked up a bull that wanted a 90 but His horns were all fronts, the backs were super weak. I ended up using the full sneak from research. Thats a good form to use for showing off width and fronts. I dont think I got a good picture though.

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2007, 08:14:24 PM »
 OOPS, I wasnt finished yet. I think you would want a form that is going to look at you from the wall to show off the fronts, But in reality its what you think looks good. Its nice to have some forms so you can mock up your bull to see what you really want. You can always cut and modify to give it the look you want. The 388 bull on the bugling mount I actually cut and modified to give it the look I wanted. A little more turn and a little tilt. Wish you could see it in person, pics dont do it justice. You do your own mounts dont you? If you were closer I'd help you do something cool with your form. I enjoy modifying forms. It gives it your own personal touch so you can see the horns exactly how you want them.

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2007, 08:14:38 AM »
Kind of what I was thinking.  Sort of why I was looking at the first form.  I might give it a whirl.  Thats part of the fun.  I have an open mouth elk to practice on in the garage right now.  I wish I would have alf the success that you do in regards to the mount turning out.  Your work is awesome.  Practice makes perfect.  I have to find my Mckenzie catalog and see what they have.  Its been filed somewhere.  Then I need to figure out how I am going to finanace this operation. 

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2007, 11:14:20 AM »
Boneaddict,

Do you have any Elk mounting Videos?  I beleive their is a video out their, doing an open mouth elk.  It's probably only $20.  I'd suggest getting that.  Watch it a few times.  You will learn something new every time you watch it.  If you want I will find it for you and give you the info on ordering it!  :)

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2007, 04:15:30 PM »
I should be able to find it.  Maybe I'll throw that on the birthday list. :)

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Re: Elk shoulder mount options
« Reply #18 on: October 06, 2007, 09:02:54 PM »
good luck and have fun working on that elk mount. Keep me posted on what you come up with.

 


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