Sitka Mountain Gear
Homemade Skull Hookers
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Ambush 04-Jan-19
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t-roy 04-Jan-19
Buffalo1 04-Jan-19
HUNT MAN 04-Jan-19
drycreek 04-Jan-19
Rob in VT 04-Jan-19
Kurt 04-Jan-19
sitO 04-Jan-19
fastflight 05-Jan-19
ELKMAN 05-Jan-19
Slate 05-Jan-19
BigOk 05-Jan-19
Errorhead 05-Jan-19
Scoot 05-Jan-19
midwest 05-Jan-19
Skippy 05-Jan-19
Ambush 05-Jan-19
Kurt 05-Jan-19
APauls 05-Jan-19
Shiras42 07-Jan-19
Shiras42 07-Jan-19
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Ambush 07-Jan-19
From: Ambush
04-Jan-19

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I cut a dozen of the basic shape from 1/8” X 5” flat bar.
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I cut a dozen of the basic shape from 1/8” X 5” flat bar.
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A little layout and some profiling.
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A little layout and some profiling.
I’ve got a number of Euro’s that need to get of the floor and onto the wall. I bought two a number of years ago , but I was shocked at the today’s prices. And they are kinda flimsy. And I’m kinda cheap.

I had some leftover and scrap steel laying around so I got out the plasma cutter, welder, grinders and drill press and went to work.

From: Ambush
04-Jan-19

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Slide the plate in underneath and cut out the vents.
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Slide the plate in underneath and cut out the vents.
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A dozen vented broad heads with plenty of FOC
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A dozen vented broad heads with plenty of FOC
Next was a jig to guide the plasma cutter to cut out the vents

From: Ambush
04-Jan-19

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Next came the “goose neck” also cut with a guide.
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Next came the “goose neck” also cut with a guide.
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A dozen of them too
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A dozen of them too
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A drill jig makes sure all the holes match the “hook”
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A drill jig makes sure all the holes match the “hook”

From: Ambush
04-Jan-19

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I cut rings from a piece of pipe then cut them in half.

From: Ambush
04-Jan-19

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Made a few color variations.
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Made a few color variations.
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A couple of samples on the wall.
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A couple of samples on the wall.
Cleaned and primed in the paint booth.

From: Ambush
04-Jan-19

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And done.
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And done.
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Close up
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Close up

From: t-roy
04-Jan-19
Did you single bevel the bases?!

They look great, Rod! I keep threatening to buy a plasma cutter, but it would make my crappy welding skills look even worse.

From: Buffalo1
04-Jan-19
This is a great idea IF: (1) you have a work shop (2) you have a plasma cutter, welder, grinders and drill press (3) you have the skills to operate the listed, needed equipment (4) you have the needed material (5) you have the time to produce the product.

You did produce some nice looking, finished products. Congrats

From: HUNT MAN
04-Jan-19
Love it. How much for 25 of them?

From: drycreek
04-Jan-19
Pretty neat ! I made mine out of horse shoes. One whole one one half one. Took about ten minutes to cut and weld, then about ten more to get the grind right to fit the hole in the back of the skull. It looked good on the wall at my camphouse, but when I sold the place I left it there. I'm gonna have to make a couple more to hang my euros here at home. Good work !

From: Rob in VT
04-Jan-19
Nice job!

From: Kurt
04-Jan-19
Some dandy mulies in the photo, and great job on the hand-made hookers Rod!!!!

From: sitO
04-Jan-19
They look good man, no matter the time it took...it's nice to stand back and say I did this!

From: fastflight
05-Jan-19
Those are really nice. So much fun doing projects like that. Wish I had the right equipment for metal working.

From: ELKMAN
05-Jan-19
I'm with Hunt. How much!

From: Slate
05-Jan-19
Very nice

From: BigOk
05-Jan-19
Nice work!!

From: Errorhead
05-Jan-19
Link to website for purchasing? Be sure to take PayPal!

From: Scoot
05-Jan-19
Well done!

From: midwest
05-Jan-19
Very nice, Rod!

"Plenty of FOC" lol!

From: Skippy
05-Jan-19
Those are sweet looking, good workmanship!

From: Ambush
05-Jan-19
Thanks guys. I'm probably a bit extreme when it comes to DIY and it doesn't always make much sense from a time/money perspective. But there is a sense of satisfaction, for sure.

I could sell them if I paid myself $1.57 per hour or charged double the price of ones commercially available. lol

Kurt, I'm mulling over some hooker designs for muskox euro's.

From: Kurt
05-Jan-19
Rod...if you make two Muskox hookers, put my name on one!

My Muskox Euro is over in Salmon Arm with a lady that specializes in getting super white skulls. She has beetles, which can't be used on Muskox with the horns intact as they will eat the horns, but also has a series of tanks she whitens skulls in. She was going to attempt to remove the horns then whiten the skull. Hope it turns out well, as I'd like to get it up. The skull was pretty ugly with grey and black tinted areas. They sure are a pain to remove the hide between the horn bosses and meat/brains with the horns in place! No wonder I never found a taxidermist that would do a Euro around Southern BC.

From: APauls
05-Jan-19
Rod those r perrrty

From: Shiras42
07-Jan-19

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Those sure are nice, but for those that lack the skills or equipment I will share my version of a euro hanger. These do not work well on critters bigger than a deer so be warned there.

You take a three pronged bow holder (the type you screw into the tree) and bend the outside two prongs in to fit into the back of the skull just the way you want it. Then just screw it into whatever you want. I like using some old barn wood or some old osage hedge posts.

From: Shiras42
07-Jan-19

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About $3 and about 3 minutes...

From: Shiras42
07-Jan-19
Rod, sorry! I hope I did not hijack your thread. Delete if you want.

From: Ambush
07-Jan-19
No problem at all. That's a very nice pair of well stocked antler trees! I'm looking to fish a tree with good roots out of one of the local big lakes. I towed one to the shore near a launch several years ago, but by the time we got back from fishing (a couple of days) someone have bucked it up for campfire wood. lol

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