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Old 11-26-2008, 04:07 PM
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I'm a pretty new hunter, and I just killed a 9 point buck. I didn't get the full head mounted, just kept the rack. Now, I just want to find out what I need to do to take care of it. Cause, it's starting to smell pretty bad. Couldnt find anything on the internet about what I needed to do to take care of it.

Anyone have any advice or tips on what I need to do to keep it looking good and not just smelling like butt and whatnot? Preciate it.
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:25 PM
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Welcome aboard buddy, glad to have you here. I had some of my antlers saved for an antler plaque mount and my old man did it for me, I think that he boiled the bottom part and bleached it or something. I'll check and get back to you.
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:32 PM
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yeah just boil it get all the meat off it use bleach to kill bactera
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:36 PM
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Boil some water with a little household bleach and salt in it. Then continually pour this boiling water over the skull plate to loosen any soft meat or tissue that can't be removed from it dry. If you try to boil it all together you take a chance at over softening the skull plate and it may wind up bowing or breaking in the middle. Take your time and clean as well as possible. When your done spray it down with Lysol to kill any germs or bacteria and mount it to your board of choice or one of the inexpensive mounts sold at Wal-Mart and such.
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Old 11-26-2008, 06:45 PM
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Ok, buddy, I was a professional taxidermist for 20 years so maybe I can help. First, if you just lopped off the head and did nothing to it, you probably have a smelly mess like you described - depending on how long you've had it and how warm the temps have been. If you've done nothing to it by now, it would be best to just get a saw and cut off the top of the skull with the antlers attached and clean it up the best you can.
In the future, if you want to do a European mount (skull), you should always start by skinning the skull and removing the lower jaw. Then cut as much meat away from the skull as possible. Also remove the eye balls from the skull and tongue from the jaw if you plan to kjeep the jaw. Next, get some sal soda (it's also called soda ash) from a taxidermy supply house or you might be able to get it at a pharmacy. Put about 1/2 cup of the powder into a pot that's big enough to immerse the skull and get it boiling. Do this outdoors if you can 'cause it's going to smell. Every 5 miuntes take the skull out and try to scape the remainig flesh off the bone. It will get like jelly eventually, and come right off. It will get so soft that you can use the pressure of water from a garden hose to get most of the flesh off. You have to check it every few minutes because you don't want to over boil it as the bone itelf will get too soft. Then get a wire coat hanger and stick it into the hole at the base of the skull, and keep twisting it around until you get ALL of the brain matter out. Wash the whole thing in a bucket with a TINY bit of dish detergent to get any fat or grease off the bone, and rinse it off really well. Good luck.
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Old 11-27-2008, 04:55 AM
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Excellent post
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Old 11-27-2008, 07:23 AM
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Great post Onehorse! That'll definatley come in handy (if i ever bag a deer that is!)

BTW 'Bout how much does it cost to get a full head mount? Anyone?
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Old 11-27-2008, 07:30 AM
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For a good one starting at $500 and up. A top of the line mount can be over a thousand dollars----museum quality. A lot of things can be done that unless you have two side by side most would not notice but once you know what to look for really good mounts stand out.
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:20 PM
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Holy John Browning!! at least $500??? I only see antler mounts and MAAAYBE skull mounts in my future. For a while anyway.
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:55 PM
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that is why i do my own skull mounts
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