Care of Mounted Deer Antlers

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Mounted deer antlers are an impressive display and a great way to preserve the memory of a successful hunt. But once the deer has been processed and its antlers mounted, the journey hardly stops there. Mounted deer antlers need regular care and maintenance to maintain an attractive appearance. Fortunately, learning to care for your hunting trophy is a simple task that will make it possible to enjoy your mounted deer antlers for many years.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Screw
  • Screwdriver
  • Vacuum
  • Nylon-bristled brush vacuum attachment
  • 2 microfiber cleaning cloths
  • Wood cleaning/polishing product
  • Warm water
  • Choose a place to hang your mounted deer antlers that is out of direct sunlight and away from heaters, air conditioners, drafts or excessive humidity. Hang your mounted deer antlers from a screw, rather than a nail, that has been driven into a wall stud for maximum strength.

  • Vacuum your antlers with a nylon-bristled brush attachment to remove any built-up dirt, dust or grime. Vacuum the antlers in a single direction to prevent dirt and dust from acting as sandpaper on the surface of the antlers.

  • Wipe down your antlers with a microfiber cloth that has been dampened with warm water to remove any dirt, dust or grime that the vacuum was unable to remove.

  • Dampen a second microfiber cloth with a wood cleaning and polishing product. Wipe down the antlers with the cloth to restore shine to your trophy.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the head of the deer is still attached to your mounted trophy, it will require additional care. Wipe down the fur with a microfiber cloth that has been dampened with furniture polish. Make sure to always wipe the mounted trophy in the natural direction of the fur.
  • Restore shine to the eyes of your trophy mount by rubbing them with a cotton swab that has been dipped in a glass-cleaning product. Once the eyes are clean, rub them with the dry end of the cotton swab to avoid having glass cleaner drip onto the lower eyelid.

References

  • Photo Credit antlers on white image by Michael Drager from Fotolia.com
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