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Do you always take the ivories?
Elk
Contributors to this thread:
Inshart 12-Jun-22
Scoot 12-Jun-22
wyobullshooter 12-Jun-22
t-roy 12-Jun-22
FORESTBOWS 12-Jun-22
Dano 12-Jun-22
Tiogacruiser 12-Jun-22
Oryx35 12-Jun-22
nmwapiti 12-Jun-22
fubar racin 12-Jun-22
GFL 12-Jun-22
WapitiBob 12-Jun-22
cnelk 12-Jun-22
HDE 12-Jun-22
LUNG$HOT 12-Jun-22
Dale06 12-Jun-22
Bowboy 12-Jun-22
Cornpone 12-Jun-22
'Ike' (Phone) 12-Jun-22
pav 12-Jun-22
butcherboy 12-Jun-22
ELKMAN 13-Jun-22
smarba 13-Jun-22
BOHNTR 13-Jun-22
swede 13-Jun-22
butcherboy 13-Jun-22
Basil 13-Jun-22
Bowfreak 13-Jun-22
Brotsky 13-Jun-22
Zim 13-Jun-22
hdaman 13-Jun-22
[email protected] 13-Jun-22
ElkNut1 13-Jun-22
grizzly63 13-Jun-22
cnelk 13-Jun-22
maxracx 13-Jun-22
wyobullshooter 13-Jun-22
elkmtngear 14-Jun-22
BULELK1 14-Jun-22
Cheesehead Mike 15-Jun-22
Grey Ghost 15-Jun-22
From: Inshart
12-Jun-22
The first 5 or so elk I killed I removed the ivories - haven't since then. The ones I do have are someplace down in my "hunting room". Just wondering if you always take the ivories, if so, what do you do with them?

From: Scoot
12-Jun-22
Yep. I made jewelry for my mom and my dad, bro, and I got matching rings. After that I just keep them because they are cool.

12-Jun-22
Yep, every set. I’ve had a ring and necklace made, the rest are in a plastic container.

From: t-roy
12-Jun-22
Yep. Not a big collection (6 sets) but I saved them. Like the OP, mine are all in a drawer down in my basement workbench area. On the neatest set I have, both ivorys have pretty big cavities in them. Can’t remember for sure, but I’m thinking they came out of a younger raghorn bull. That’s the only set that are like that. Maybe it’s a fairly common thing, though.

12-Jun-22
Yes

From: Dano
12-Jun-22
Dern, right.

Dano

From: Tiogacruiser
12-Jun-22
Definitely.

From: Oryx35
12-Jun-22
I haven't kept all of them. The ones I do have are just sitting in a box on the hunting work bench. Honestly, I do wish I had the rest. Either from ignorance or being in a hurry/forgetting, I've left a number in the field.

From: nmwapiti
12-Jun-22
Nope. Never did anything useful with them. Stopped taking them years ago.

From: fubar racin
12-Jun-22
Heck I even keep em out of dead heads I find

From: GFL
12-Jun-22
I put them back in the euro when I finish cleaning the skull.

12-Jun-22

Altitude Sickness 's embedded Photo
Altitude Sickness 's embedded Photo

12-Jun-22

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Yep, I even take elk ivories, May 2022 ivories

From: WapitiBob
12-Jun-22
Not anymore

From: cnelk
12-Jun-22

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cnelk's embedded Photo
Yep. Even cow elk have ivories. I keep them in a tanned elk scrotum

From: HDE
12-Jun-22
Not anymore.

From: LUNG$HOT
12-Jun-22
Yessir every set.

From: Dale06
12-Jun-22
Yes I save them. But don’t ask me where I put them. They’re in the house “somewhere.”

From: Bowboy
12-Jun-22
Nope

From: Cornpone
12-Jun-22
I have a western hat. I bought a flat braided brass chain to install as a hat band. I grind down the ivories and epoxy to the hat band. Looks neat.

12-Jun-22
Yup, but like Dale06 they’re somewhere around…

From: pav
12-Jun-22
Affirmative. Two sets remain in Euro mounts. The rest are stored in a pill bottle. Haven't figured out what to do with those yet...

From: butcherboy
12-Jun-22
Always have, always will. I forgot the last ones though. My wife was on semi bed rest with our last kiddo so my mind was on getting out of the mountains and home as fast as possible. That was almost 6 years ago

From: ELKMAN
13-Jun-22
of course

From: smarba
13-Jun-22
Yes, although I personally wouldn't brag about keeping them in a tanned elk scrotum LOL

I also just glue them back into the euro skull same as GFL.

From: BOHNTR
13-Jun-22
Yup

From: swede
13-Jun-22
Less than half of the time do I extract them. Then some of the ones I take, I give away.

From: butcherboy
13-Jun-22
I also have a ton of ziplock bags full of elk ivories I’ve taken out of the heads that hunters left behind at my plant.

From: Basil
13-Jun-22
Carry them around in your pants pocket with some coins for a couple months & they polish up quite nice. Plus every time you touch them you remember the hunt.

From: Bowfreak
13-Jun-22
Absolutely 100% all of the time. Once. :)

From: Brotsky
13-Jun-22
Yup, keep them all, have them all in a baggie in my archery shop. My baggie is NOT made of scrotum however.

From: Zim
13-Jun-22
Yes, but I seem to misplace them often. I got about half of them now.

From: hdaman
13-Jun-22
Cnelk is in a league of his own!

13-Jun-22

Paul@thefort's embedded Photo
elk ivories, bear claws, beads
Paul@thefort's embedded Photo
elk ivories, bear claws, beads

From: ElkNut1
13-Jun-22
Yes, I believe my Son & I have removed every ivory. Not sure if all are accounted for but we had good intentions!

ElkNut

From: grizzly63
13-Jun-22
Never did trip my trigger but it was fun watching the kid dig 'em out at the check in station. I have never had the thought to save or tan the scrotum sack. Do you do that with all species you hunt, give 'em to the kids for marble holders? Just curious.

From: cnelk
13-Jun-22
I ain’t braggin or complaining about having a tanned elk scrotum. lol

I just have something most don’t have ;)

From: maxracx
13-Jun-22
Yes, I keep mine. 3 sets and counting....

13-Jun-22
Hey Brad, I hope you enjoyed some organic Rocky Mountain oysters while you were at it. ;-)

From: elkmtngear
14-Jun-22
Most of the time I remember to take them, occasionally, I have forgotten over the years.

I had a gold pendant made, with a diamond embedded, for my Wife a couple years ago. The rest (that I haven't misplaced) are in a little organizer in the pantry.

14-Jun-22

Altitude Sickness 's embedded Photo
Cape Buffalo scrotum shotgun shell carrier
Altitude Sickness 's embedded Photo
Cape Buffalo scrotum shotgun shell carrier
Brad, good to see someone else that doesn’t like to waste good leather.

From: BULELK1
14-Jun-22
I take mine and try and use them for something unique.

Good luck, Robb

15-Jun-22

Cheesehead Mike's embedded Photo
Cheesehead Mike's embedded Photo
Yes I have mine stored in some plastic waxie containers. Midwest ice fisherman will know what waxies are. I also write the year on the base of each ivory with a pencil.

I had a horse wrangler in New Mexico who packed out a bull for me ask me for my bull's scrotum. They make saddle horn covers out of them.

From: Grey Ghost
15-Jun-22

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Elk ivories have an interesting history with plains Indian tribes. Since they are the last thing to decompose on an elk carcass they were a symbol of long life, and we’re given to children. They were also hung on ceremonial dresses symbolizing status and stature within the tribe.

People who are into making or restoring Native American garments will pay big money for elk ivories.

I always save mine.

Matt

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