Help with skull mount!

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by jeffb243, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. jeffb243

    jeffb243 Well-Known Member

    ok so i shot a descent 8 pointer on dec 27. It wasnt big enough in my opinion for a full head and neck mount. I skinned every piece of meat i could off the skull and then boiled it for 2 or 3 hours. I neglected to skin what was left and i let it sit for a few days. I then dug up a fireant hill and put that in a rubbermaid with the skull. I checked it after 3 or 4 days and it was fuzzy and nasty. I just want a clean skull mount!

    What should i do now??????????
     
  2. Midnight Rider

    Midnight Rider Well-Known Member

    bleach water or bleach paste, after you have boiled and scraped the bone.
     

  3. jeffb243

    jeffb243 Well-Known Member

    would a wire brush work? what about all the meat i cant get to(like the brains)?
     
  4. rchunter

    rchunter Well-Known Member

    Use a high-pressure washer if available. If not, go to the nearest car-wash that has decent water pressure and it will literally blow the brains right out of that skull.
     
  5. BuzzBait

    BuzzBait Well-Known Member

    Yea I with rchunter...High pressure works great.....:thumb:
     
  6. JR

    JR Moderator<br>Campfire<br>General Hunting Topics<br

    High pressure washers do a great job, but be careful with it, you don't want to damage the skull or have some pieces come off or break.
     
  7. Whiskey River

    Whiskey River Member<br>2007 Bowhunting Contest Team Winner<br>2

    How big was it? Lets see a pic. :thumb:
     
  8. jeffb243

    jeffb243 Well-Known Member

  9. Selfbow

    Selfbow ...

    The back of the skull has hole where you can access the brains. A flathead screwdriver will get most of it.
     
  10. Whiskey River

    Whiskey River Member<br>2007 Bowhunting Contest Team Winner<br>2

    Take a piece of heavy wire or welding rod and bend the end. Chuck it up in a drill, stick it in the hole in the back of the skull, and let'er bump. This will mush the brains where they will come out the hole. :thumb: Probably gonna smell pretty good too. :uhoh:
     
  11. Buba Garrett

    Buba Garrett Premium Member<br>2010 Deer Hunting Contest Winner

    We usually just boil em for a few hours then hit em with a pressure washer- be careful if you use bleach cause it will bleach the horns as well!
     
  12. Bojack

    Bojack Well-Known Member

    Put that skull in a bucket of water and just let it sit for a couple of weeks. The bacteria will eat the meat away. take out wash with soap and water and soak in peroxide for a day and then set out in the sun. DO NOT use bleach it will break down the bone.
     
  13. live2hunt

    live2hunt Well-Known Member

    Does it discolor the horns at all of they are in the water too?
     
  14. zane

    zane Well-Known Member

    wrap the horns with tin foil when boiling or it will change colors
     
  15. CP

    CP Well-Known Member

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  16. Bojack

    Bojack Well-Known Member

    fill the bucket with water just to the horn bases. I use 55 gallon plastic barrells. I can put three or four in them at once depending on how big the racks are. You want enough water to cover the skull.
     
  17. talltines

    talltines Well-Known Member

    This is easy and quick. Boil the head in a pot with the antlers out of the water. Put in about two cups of Borax (you can get it at the grocery store). The borax keeps the water from boiling to hot which breaks down the bone. Let it boil for two or three hours, remove it every little while and scrape off excess meat. As soon you've let it boil go to the car wash and tie the antlers to the bumper of your truck and spray of everything else that is left on the skull, be sure to insert into the brain cavity and spray till it water comes out clear. Take the skull and pack every nook and cranny with paper towels. Then complety wrap the skull with towels till its all covered, not the antlers. Set it in a shalllow pan and pour a bottle of peroxide over the top. Peroxide will not need to cover the entire skull because the towels will soak it up. The towels will soak up all of the peroxide and get it inside the small places too. Let it set for 24 hours then take out and remove all the towels. Once dry the skull will be clean and white ready to mount on a plaque. We have done a ton of these this way and it only takes about 4 hours of messing with it with the boiling, really only about 30 minutes of work on the skull. Hope that helps!