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Deer Feet Bow Rack How To ?

The 8 pt I shot last Friday had exceptionally Large Legs and Hoofs.

Want to Make a Bow / Gun Rack.

Anyone have any idea on how to do this? How do you hold the feet at a 90 degree ang with wire ?

Whats the best way to cure ?
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Re: Deer Feet Bow Rack How To ?

I would suggest moving this to the taxidermy forum and get advice from experienced taxi's..... they have really helped me in the past.!

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I would suggest moving this to the taxidermy forum and get advice from experienced taxi's..... they have really helped me in the past.!
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Re: Deer Feet Bow Rack How To ?

I made a gun rack out of my 1st flintlock deer legs. I simply cut them off at the knee joint, folded into 90 bend held with string and salted the end joint. Left them sit in the unheated detached garage rafters over the winter and they sort of freeze dried themselves. Didn't have to do anything and they've held up, without any smell for over 20 yrs.

To mount, I cut off the leg bone to length with a hacksaw/meatsaw and used the appropriate sized lag bolt thru a piece of wood into the bone where the marrow is.
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Re: Deer Feet Bow Rack How To ?

I lay them on a board and put nails in board to hold at 90 degree.salt the meat end and let them dry in a cool place,untill they are dry.I've made lots of them and never had any problem with any smell.I have some that is over 40 years old and look like they just came off the deer.I put a wood dowel in where the marrow was,so I can screw them to a rack.

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Re: Deer Feet Bow Rack How To ?

You can get large deer feet for racks out of my taxidermy catalog. good luck

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Re: Deer Feet Bow Rack How To ?

Taxidermy suppliers sell kits with everything you need to do a pair of mounted deer feet (My only suggestion is to buy a nicer panel separately, or make your own). I do all mine the conventional way...skin, tan and mount over a foot form. They seem to hold up better than the home dried ones. I tried that once, and they shrunk badly.

http://www.vandykestaxidermy.com/pro...t-gun-rack-kit
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Re: Deer Feet Bow Rack How To ?

A better way to do a crude do-it-yourself is to make a cut on the inside of the leg to the hooves and skin down to the bones including dew claw and hoof bones. Apply lots of borax and rub it into everything, then sew the cut back up. Then you can bend to 90 degrees and allow to dry. No I do not do them like this for my customers ( I use a borax bath and freeze drying for them). The borax is boric acid, which kills bugs. The main 2 to worry about are fur moths and native dermestid beetles.
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