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Putting elk euro mount on Skull Hooker
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Contributors to this thread:
TNRAMBLINMAN 26-Mar-21
Heat 26-Mar-21
Ambush 26-Mar-21
Drnaln 26-Mar-21
YZF-88 26-Mar-21
YZF-88 26-Mar-21
TEmbry 27-Mar-21
Charlie Rehor 27-Mar-21
Jasper 27-Mar-21
dgb 27-Mar-21
TEmbry 27-Mar-21
ElkNut1 27-Mar-21
pikemaster 29-Mar-21
TRnCO 29-Mar-21
KyleSS 29-Mar-21
smarba 29-Mar-21
Griz 29-Mar-21
Rob in VT 29-Mar-21
From: TNRAMBLINMAN
26-Mar-21
Any tips to make sure an elk euro mount will be very stable on the Skull Hooker? I have the large prong into which the skull opening goes, but I am not feeling totally comfortable that the whole set up is stable enough. I welcome any ideas.

From: Heat
26-Mar-21
I have a funky bull with a club and sword on one side and a regular 6 points on the other and it stays upright. They work well.

From: Ambush
26-Mar-21

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They all feel a bit wobbly and especially so with lots of bone above the skull, like elk. I make hookers from heavier gauge steel and even they seem dicey, but they’re not.

Deer size won’t hold an elk safely.

From: Drnaln
26-Mar-21
I just put a big headed Roosevelt on a skull hooker.I used the Big Hooker with the biggest of the 2 prongs that came with it. I found if you tip the skull too far forward it wanted to wobble. I adjusted it 1 hole back & the weight of the antlers held it more secure.

From: YZF-88
26-Mar-21

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I you can bend the tabs a little as needed to help balance it out. I have the same thing on one of mine. When I moved recently I actually labeled the skull mounts because they are all a custom fit. ...especially the off balanced one in the middle.

From: YZF-88
26-Mar-21

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From: TEmbry
27-Mar-21
They feel wobbly but anchored in a stud that skull isn’t going anywhere. In 2018 we had a 7.1 earthquake in anchorage. House was a wreck, dishes everywhere, every single shoulder mount on the ground, picture frames broken.... every single skull on a skull hooker was right where it sat (10+ ranging from Sitka deer to bou and elk).

27-Mar-21

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No issues for mine. I hang my Newfy Moose outside on nice days.

From: Jasper
27-Mar-21
I have a big eland in one and was worried so I ran a big zip tie through a hole in the back and around the prongs. You can’t see it and it gave me some piece of mind

From: dgb
27-Mar-21
I bought an elk skull hanger from Second 2 Nature that has a bracket that you screw into the skull that keeps the rack from any swaying. Seems to work pretty well.

From: TEmbry
27-Mar-21
They feel wobbly but anchored in a stud that skull isn’t going anywhere. In 2018 we had a 7.1 earthquake in anchorage. House was a wreck, dishes everywhere, every single shoulder mount on the ground, picture frames broken.... every single skull on a skull hooker was right where it sat (10+ ranging from Sitka deer to bou and elk).

From: ElkNut1
27-Mar-21
Charlie, dang, that thing is awesome! It matches your stairs perfectly!

ElkNut

From: pikemaster
29-Mar-21

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We use the big skull hooker for our tradeshow display. We made a couple minor modifications to make sure the bull was more stable. Over all they seem to work pretty good.

From: TRnCO
29-Mar-21
Don't need to worry about if the large skull hooker can handle the weight. I've got a 65"+ moose hanging on a large hooker and it's holding it up there just fine. I was pretty nervous when I first hung it, but so far it's holding.

From: KyleSS
29-Mar-21
I have 6 bulls on skull hookers and I found the big prong didn't work but the smaller prong was too narrow. For all of them, I put a small pipe on the small prong and bent the prongs out just a touch. This gave me a much tighter and secure fit than the big on did. They are super secure now

From: smarba
29-Mar-21
Mine is wobbly too, but I drilled a couple of small holes thru the skull and wrapped bailing wire around the hooker prongs to be sure everything stayed connected tight.

From: Griz
29-Mar-21
As a child I watched a small 8pt whitetail fall from the wall and stick my mom in the top of her head. I think it was the first time I saw her cry. Since then, in my family, we always tie monofilament to each side and then run them up to a small eye screw at ceiling height. At least if it falls, it will swing it a bit. I did the same for my 363 bull elk on a skull hooker. You can hardly tell it is there and at the least, may save a mount from being broken badly. Just a thought.

From: Rob in VT
29-Mar-21
For the price you wouldn’t think it would be wobbly. I have a couple and they all wobble.

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