Nothing gets Jim Phillips going like antlers—lots and lots of antlers. But this collector is no killer. For the past 59 years, he’s been scouring the hills of southwestern Montana in pursuit of local elk, deer and antelope antlers that the animals shed each season.
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In that time, the self-proclaimed “Antlerman” has amassed over 16,000 specimens and built a shrine attached to his home to show off his impressive collection. For Phillips, the hunt for new antlers is a joy renewed with each hike through the hills and every discovery along the way.
Living in an area where horns seem to drop like rain, he found his niche in life long ago. When you see some of the antlers he has collected, you’ll see why he has made it his life’s work.
The art he has made from those antlers is truly awe-inspiring.Here’s a taste of what the antler man from Montana has put together and why he’ll never quit after “64 feet of antlers and over 50 years of collecting.”