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Another way to do a short Y on Antelope
This is the easiest way I have ever done a short Y incision on Antelope. By using the small pedestal rod and following the instructions below you can see how easy this works
The first thing I do is measure down 2 1/2" from the horn plate on the form and mark it  around the back of the head. and then I mark up from below the chin and connect to the other line.
The next thing I do is drill a 1/2" hole down the center of the horn plate and and down into the neck of the form.
The next step is to cut the head off the form, along the marks. This method works  better for me then then cutting a v wedge. The hide doesn't have the tendency to get hung up on the edges when putting it on the form.
The Plug In way for pedestal mounts
This is a new method of installing threaded rods into your game heads. They come in 4 different sizes and lengths - 1/4" x 6", 5/16" x 9", 3/8" X10" and 1/2" x 12" .
The 1/4" threaded rods and the 5/16" threaded rods come with a 1/2" plug 1 3/4" long.
The 3/8" threaded rods and the 1/2" threaded rods come with  a 5/8" plug 3 3/4" long.
Start by leveling the form. Level the back first.
Next I use T pins in the front corner of the eyes and level the form horizontally.
When you have the form level rotate it upside down and level the line on the back up again.
Now mark the center of the brisket where you want the pedestal rod to be . Drill your hole straight  down keeping the level on your drill centered.
Note: This is the easiest way I have ever installed a pedestal rod. In the past i would drill a hole into the form with a spade bit and bondo a threaded rod in place, trying to keep it level while the bondo kicked. My way the pedestal rod is glued in level and it can't lean. I don't glue the rod in until the animal is mounted. I just fill for the hole in the brisket and cut a slice above the hole. Then I put glue in the hole and insert the pedestal rod. This way the pedestal rod won't get in your way while your mounting the animal.
If you want to add to the back of the form for a scalloped back do it after you drill the hole for the pedestal rod.
If you are wondering if this method is strong enough check out the picture to the right. The concrete block is being held up by a 3/8" pedestal rod glued into an Antelope form from Hilton Eppley Forms. I'm sure I could have held up two concrete blocks if I would have tried. I'm standing with my feet under the concrete block to show that I trust this method and I know the plug won't pull out
I recommend Gorilla glue for gluing these plugs in. When the glue is dry  it will be as strong as the form. The Gorilla glue expands so if you put the rod in deeper add more glue. You Can also use bondo if you want to.
Remember you can put these rods in as deep as you need them so make sure you drill your hole deep enough. Test fit the rod so you have the length you need sticking out. Mark the rod so its ready when your animal is mounted
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When you have the form level across the eyes, mark a level line on the back. You can mark horizontally or vertically.
Now test fit the pedestal rod to make sure you have the right amount of threaded rod sticking out of the top of the head. Then glue the pedestal rod into the neck.
When you are ready to mount the Antelope you slide the head into the hide. Put Gorilla glue  on the neck section  where the two parts will be put together. Then slide the hide over the neck and line up the head so it will slide over the pedestal rod.
This is what the top of the head looks like when the nut is tightened. When you have the hide on the form and the nut is tightened you can start setting your horns right away. The threaded rod will hold everything in place until the glue dries
Note: This is the way I do it. I came up with this Idea and when I tried it, I could not have been more excited with how well it worked. This method allows me to get away with a much shorter Y incision.
The form I used is From Hilton Eppley Forms. The glue I use is Gorilla glue and I have not found anything that holds better.
Try this method on your next short Y Antelope and I'm sure you will be glad you did.