I have a Shoulder Mount from a while back. It is not a big buck but the first I shot with a decent rack. I have since been lucky enough to shoot a few bucks bigger. My question is can i take the antlers/skull plate out of the mount and put a different set in. I assume this is possible but i am looking for some advice if it is diffucult..
I may give it a try anyways. I might attempt to hydrate the portion of the hide that I will be opening. The Mount is sitting in the attack anyways. This sounds like a project that i will take my time with and update with pictures when I start.
I've done it many times. Cut a small piece of skin from the back of the mount and soak it in water, if the hair stays in you are good to go. Also, measure the outside of the antlers just under the burr. That measurement needs to be close to the antlers you are replacing them with or you will have gaps.
Another option you could consider is to cut the antlers off and sink a rod into the new antler, similar to the "detachable" antler systems.
Original mount (I did not do this original mount)
Cut the antlers off as close to the hair as you can, then dremel it down to the burr, leaving some bone there for stability, then drill a hole into it, a hole into the new antler, and epoxy a rod into the antler. After that sets up you can epoxy the rod into the hole drilled into the mount.
You will need to measure and estimate to get the correct angle on the antlers.
I had tried to talk the client into just mounting up the new rack onto a replacement cape, but wouldn't do it. It looked like the new skull plate would not line up correctly, as Arrowhead stated, I was afraid the hair would not line up at the antler burr if the newer skullpate was used. The old mount was a bit rough and I went ahead and reworked the apoxie around the eyes and repainted. I did not mount this deer, just replaced the rack as requested.