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  1. #1
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    How to bleach out and cure a deer skull

    Gotta nice 8 point today was wanting to get a skull mount


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    Take a sawand cut off right behind the skull. Take a knofe and skin the deers whole head cutting out tounge detatching bottom jaw and removing eyes. Be sure to cut out extra meat on the skull that u can see. Get a fish fryer or a turkey boiler and boil the head for 5-6 hours. Then After it has been boiled take a pressure washer and blow off the dead meat and crap. Be sure to get all cavities. U have to be very careful if u wanna keep the nose bone. Mine always broke off. This is really easy and cheap an looks great. I have done almost 10 myself and im a 20 year old kid! I'll post pics


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    Boil in water btw. Adding water as it boils off.

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    I'll try it thanks bro

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    Use baking soda in the water as well.

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    What does that do big mac!? Never heard of it

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    Interesting post... I like to know myself. Beats $75 to have mine or boys done.

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    Don't use bleach on the skull because it will eventually eat the bone away making it brittle. Go to a hair place like Sally's and buy a bottle of #40 peroxide. Take you a little kids paint brush and paint the skull and let it sit for half hour. Rinse the skull off and see if it's white enough if not just repeat until you get it it where you like it, rinse it and be done.

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    Send OuachitaMountainMan a PM for his instructions. He is doing them and I saw one of his Sunday and it looked great!!!

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    If it's real trophy to you, find somebody with beatles. I've have DIY, boiled, and beatled. The beatled one looks so much nicer, you can save and see every little detail.

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    Just buy some beatles, 300 should do it...

    http://www.bonesandbugs.com/purchase...d-beetles.html

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    I had a guy do this for me. He did a pretty good job. He has my son's 3pt. now. I like to learn so I can save that $75.

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    That looks cool!

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    I did this one last year, the first I had done.

    Use baking soda in the water as well.
    I used Arm and hammer laundry soda in the water.

    What does that do big mac!? Never heard of it
    You need something in the water to degrease. I have read if you dont it will yellow over time.

    Sally's and buy a bottle of #40 peroxide.


    They did not have any of the 40 when I went to buy it, I bought the 20 and it worked just fine only took a few min of soaking.

    Don't get the peroxide on the horns they will be white in a short time.
    If you do use some wood stain to blend the color back.
    After washing and drying spray it with some clear to seal it and keep it looking nice. Dont forget to put a drop od super glue on each of the teeth,

    It was was one of the nastiest thing I have done. Would I do it again? Probably. It takes a while to get that smell out of everything . Have fun you will love it when finished
    Last edited by Nocked; 07-27-2011 at 09:06 PM.

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    If I can put the hammer down on one this year I'll definitely be doing this. I've always wanted to do a euro just never have.

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    Has anybody actually used the beatles, do they work?

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    my taxi buddie told me to use denture cleaner after boiling and spraying it off. just be careful, it will bleach the horns.

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    I just clean the skull and then boil them for as long as it takes. Did this one saturday. It was my best bow kill yet. I also made a stand so i could set it where ever i want.

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    Dont get beetles, they will get into everything. If you have a mounts int he house they will eat it. If you have a dog in the house they will get where the dog stays most, the same if your spouse has cats....

    I saw some instructions in the taxidermy sections and tried themthey are good.

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    Cats you say ?????

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    I just stuck mine in a five gallon bucket water and covered it with a trash bag, tied it off, and left it for a year.

    You definitely want to get the eyes out. I cut most of the hide and meat off and left the eyes b/c they were hard to get to. After a year the eyes were the only thing left.

    The natural bacteria that builds up eats everything including the brains. My brother only left his for 4-5 months and had to jab the brains out with a coat hanger.

    I haven't dumped the water yet but it never stunk just sitting in the garage. I do dread dumping the water though. :-)

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    put the head in a pan of water with dry dishwashing detergent. Get water boiling, then reduce heat to a simmer for about 1 1/2 hours. Then scrape all the gunk off and let dry. Then do the peroxide thing. Works good.

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    Did some research on this over the last couple days.

    Remove as much meat as you can with a knife.

    Using a fish cooker, and Armand Hammer Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate) noT sodium bicarb.

    Heat the water to 140F with the head and washing soda. Watch as the meat and gunk will start pulling away from the skull. This is what you want.

    Remove the brains with water pressure or air pressure.

    Remove the nasal stuff.

    Now in clean water reheat to 140F to remove and grease using the Washing soda.

    Now get 30 Volume Peroxide from sallys beauty supply. about 2 gallons. and soak the skull in a couple days, protect the antlers.

    Nowwrap in a balck plastic bag and either lay out in thesun or place where heat can activate the peroxide for a day 5-8 hours I was told.

    The heat and peroxide will whiten the skull.

    allow to dry and clear coat with satin finish krylon.

    You can grind the spine opening out a little bit and put a pieceof PVC pipe in it, use 2 minute epoxy and this will hold screws for a hanger ifyou predrill the skull.

    Note I cracked one side, neck bone area of a skull running a screw in it without predrill.

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    Put it in a barrel submerged in water. Put in a $10 submersible aquarium heater set at 100 degrees for 4 days. Pull it out and every bit of the meat, including the brain, will be gone. Degrease it with hot water and dawn dishwashing liquid. Place the skull in a gallon bag and pour straight, cheap $1 bottles of hydrogen peroxide on it until the skull is covered. The trick is to heat the hydrogen peroxide in the microwave first. Get it steamy. Let it sit for a couple of hours, pull it out and let it dry. Use wood stain to darken up the antler bases if they whitened any. Put on a plack.

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    sure didn't know you could buy those beetles ---lol

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    Doing a Euro is real easy. You have to make sure you do not boil it to long, do not boil the horns in water and remember that the horns can come off if they are not handled properly. I skin the head, remove the eyes and lower jaw, pick the brain out and remove any excess meat that I can. I boil the water then put the head in. If you put the head in and then start to boil you can soften the bones to much. After boiling for 45 minutes I take it out and put the pressure washer on it. I then put the head back in and add some detergent. Boil again for 45 minutes and pressure wash. At this point I pick out any nose cartilage, muscle or other things that need to come out. I then mix some soap and water and wash it real good. Let it dry for a full day and then use the 40% peroxide mixed with bleach-white powder. I cover the skull and put in a sack for about 30 minutes to and hours and the wash it real good. I'll post some pictures up in a minute.

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    DIY Euro -Mounts

    After you remove the head from the body place the head in a barrel of sawdust. I place the head in the barrel usually in Nov. and remove it from the sawdust at the end of April. Cover the head with the sawdust and place a plywood or tin cover, over the barrel .Place a weight,cinder blocks, on the cover to keep hungry animals from stealing your head.The cover doesn't need to be air tight,the sawdust masks the order and the fly larvae and other insects clean away the meat.To remove any grease or oils left on the skull in April I boil my skulls in a large dish pan with water and hydrogen peroxide (two pint bottles) .I heat the dish pan on a charcoal grill and cover the skull with the water up to the base of the antlers,I use an old paint brush to work the mixture in to the cracks of the skull.You have to protect the antlers from the hydrogen peroxide water and steam or it will bleach them.I always wrap the antlers TWICE with aluminum foil this protects the antlers. I have used this method on four different skulls ,eight points or better, and was really pleased with my results. Have fun and enjoy yourself.

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    Tried something new. Heated the skull in water until the meat started pulling away fromt he skull, you can see it. Then Pressure washed it 30-45 minutes total time. Put it in H2O2 in a enamal pot on the heating stove in the shop.a couple hours, just checking from time to time.

    In two hours it was white as white can be. Goning to let it dry a couple days and give it a coat of clear satin Krylon.


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