3-antlered deer deadhead restoration

ElkFever2

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This 3 1/2 year-old buck died of EHD in 2013. When I found it the bone was burned, chalk/cracked, and rodents had done a number on it. The first pic is after I had scraped off all the burnt bone. I thought it would make a fun first try at a restoration project, since it was kind of a unique skull with 11 points on 3 antlers. Over the last month I used these two videos as guides: Rebuild tines; Chalk to brown. Supplies were about $50. It all worked really well except one mistake - from about 2" up the tines from the main beam to the tips they need to be super smooth after applying the diluted wood filler. Otherwise, the stain cannot be completely rubbed off to get nice white tips. I'll remember for next time.

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NYSKIER

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Looks spectacular thanks for sharing I might have to give it a go on a small dead head I've got lying around that's bleached out
 

ElkFever2

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Looks spectacular thanks for sharing I might have to give it a go on a small dead head I've got lying around that's bleached out
If you do let me know if you have any questions along the way - I might be able to help
 

kenton

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Looks great. Can you tell if the third antler grew from the pedicle of the nearby antler? The pic looks like the skull was broke and healed funny but its hard to tell.
 

ElkFever2

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The right pedicle grew in two separate peaks with regular skull bone between. I don't know enough about bone growth to tell if it is was a birth defect or an injury to the fetus or young fawn.
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