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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-08-2014, 09:59 PM
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first buck/best way to clean skull

Hey everyone. I just got my first buck. 5 point rack so I thought I would just skull it out. Any tips on best way to clean the skull? I've heard hang it from a tree, heard bury it. What are your suggestions? Thanks

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-09-2014, 10:24 AM
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Last black bear I got we just buried the skull in the back yard for ~ 6 months. Small bugglies did all the work. I suppose hanging it somewhere (down wind!) would work too.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-09-2014, 01:43 PM
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I've never done a scull before but I thought I read somewhere where soaking in bleach cleans and whitens it. Care would have to be taken working with the bleach.
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Congratulations on your first Buck... and Welcome to the DHC...
I've never done one but the Euro mounts look really cool, if you search the net you'll easily find instructions on how to do a Euro skull mount..... Good Luck

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-10-2014, 12:02 AM
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5gal bucket fill with water to the base of the antlers. Tie rope to handle around tree limb. check it in about 30 days. Never use bleach to whiten a skull. It will cause it to get brittle and fall apart. get peroxide gell from hair supply salon.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-10-2014, 06:40 AM
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If you want to do it fast, you can boil it. Remove as much meat as possible an brain, fill with water to cover skull add plenty of dawn dish detergent and about half cup of peroxide. Keep skull under water at all times, after about 6 hours most all meat will fall or pull off easy. Nose cartilage will pull out. Use blow gun in blow out all holes n passages in skull. If need return to boil for little longer if need, after done, can get a bleaching powder from beauty supply mix with peroxide to a thin paste n cover skull. 2 days later will have bright white skull. Can also wait till summer and set clean skull out in hot sun n add peroxide to it twice a day, the sun will bleach it white in about 4 days
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-03-2015, 09:49 PM
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I agree with OTF. If you bury it, make sure there are no animals around that will dig it up and take off with it- because they will. If you have an old propane fryer, that works really well. The bowl is big enough for the skull to fit into. You'll want to boil it in the fryer for about 4-6 hours and then scrape the fur/skin/cartilage off (should come right off easily). Then get a power washer (you can go to a car wash) and was the heck out of it. The pressure from the washer will get all the small chunks of meat off and you will want to blow the washer into the skull to get all the brains out. Check and double check to make sure you got all the brains out before you quit. You can use bleach, but make sure you use a wire brush, dip it in the bleach and scrub it all over. The bleach will help whiten it without making it brittle. If you submerse the skull in bleach it will make it brittle. After that you are done, unless you want to put a thin layer of polyurethane on it to make it glossy. Hope this helps

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-05-2015, 12:05 AM
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Soak it in bleach to clean it. It helps a lot. One of my friends had used this technique.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-28-2015, 11:49 AM
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from a taxidermist

Beetles do a great job, but you need to know someone who has them available. The downside is that the skull will need to be washed and deodorized. What I like to use is a powder called sal soda or soda ash. Put a couple of tablespoons of this in a bucket of water and put the skull in the water keeping the antlers out of the water. Clean as much flesh from the skull as you can before boiling the skull. Bring the water to a slow boil. Check the skull every few minutes to see if the flesh is getting gelatinous - if you boil too much, the bone will weaken. eventually, the flesh will get so soft it will just fall off the bone with a little water pressure from a hose. This works great and leaves a very clean skull. Use a wire clothes hanger to get the brain tissue out of the skull through the hole in the base of the skull. It's best to do the boiling outside if possible, as this process stinks!
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