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Elk good for more than meat

Luke Graham

Antlers make great decorations, and meat makes a great meal, but another part of the elk also is a valuable commodity.

“Elk teeth make great mementos,” local hunter Karl Hoffman said.

From rings, earrings, belt buckles and money clips, elk teeth can be made into any sort of keepsake.



The teeth that can be used for jewelry are the two teeth in the back of the elk’s mouth, commonly refereed to as the buglers or whistlers.

Hoffman said he can make just about anything out of the elk teeth.



“If the customer can think of it, I can put them in it,” he said.

For people who have elk jewelry already but are seeing a little fading, Hoffman said there is a simple solution.

“Drop them in some black coffee with a little bit of rubbing alcohol,” he said. “It will bring the color back in them.”

Elk jewelry ranges in price, but a good estimate is $75 for a small piece with silver with prices going up from there.

The bottom line with elk jewelry is they make great gifts and mementos.

“They make beautiful pieces of jewelry,” Hoffman said. n


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