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Skull mount with shed

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This one was killed off our place this year after the guy had found the shed in the spring. Well, he took care of business this winter and wanted to include the shed with the skull mount. I twisted and tweaked it a thousand different ways but due to balance, this is what I came up with. He will sit it on his coffee table.
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   MallardZ
Fulldraw, where are you getting the boards from for your skull mounts? This setup pictured here is very unique and looks excellent !!
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I am making my own plaques. I have learned a lesson this year though. I will make plaques this summer in my down time because it is tough trying to work on the skulls and make the plaques at the same time. I have a coyote, bobcat, 2 hogs and about 12 or so more deer to do.

I thought this one turned out good. I twisted and tweaked it for a couple of days until I decided on this set up. It was hard to balance doing it any other way.
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   mudbug007
Very COOL idea. Love that look! Now I got something to do with my sheds!
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Nice work maybe you can give me a good old boy discount.LOL. Where's the pics of the deer you killed this year.
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get back to work, LOL! you got me figured out by now! send some horns my way and I will work em over for you. We will talk at work!
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   Charley
THat is really neat, I like it!!
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   caney47
FULLDRAW

Do you have a procedure or info on doing the skull mounts. I did one several years ago and have one to do now from this year. The previous one I did the hard long way and wanted to find a better easier way this time.
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I use the "simmer" method on my deer heads and macerate (or rot)smaller heads such as coyotes, bobcats and even hogs. I like to macerate the hogs because of less damage to the tusks. When I do a deer head I cut all the hide off and then bring my water to a rolling boil and then turn it down to a simmer. Add the skull and simmer for about an hour and then cut off the lower jaw, eyes and as much meat as possible. I take a pressure washer and blow out the brain and as much tissue as possible. Then it is back to the hot water for about another 30-40 minutes. After that it is just a time consuming process. I use scalpels and a pair of long needle-nose pliers to get the remaining tissue off. I have yet to completely finish this stage in one day. I usually let the skull sit in the water over night and finish the next day. Just because the brain is gone does not mean that you are finsished with the brain cavity. There is tissue surrounding the brain that has to be cut and pulled out or the skull will STINK. I then degrease for a couple of days (on hogs I degrease for about 2 weeks!!) and then I whiten. Hope this helps.
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   Charley
Reminds me of the good ol days!! Nice nasty skull work, you gotta have a screw loose to do taxidermy!! I have 4 hog heads in the freezer now, can't wait to start'em
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Charley, I got one hog macerating right now and another one with some real good "cutters" that will go in the bucket tonight. It is some stinky for sure.
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   Charley
I'm not doing the skulls on mine just the full head mount and a few gun racks from the feet. One is going to be a behind the shoulders mount with the front legs and everything coming out of the wall. I'll post some pics when they are done.
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   BangFlop
Whats the technique for macerating? Just let em sit outdoors downwind?

thanks
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   Charley
Bucket + water + skull and let that sucker just rot away!! NASTY!! I never did it but I think that is all that is involved. I used to just boil and clean with small tools. I also had a tub full of red ants that were some mean skull cleaning machines!! I heard one method was to cover with carpet and let the maggots eat it away, sick stuff!
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   BangFlop
On one of the places I hunt I occasionally come across cow remains that have been dragged out of the way to decompose in the woods. The skull and other bones are usually bright white, clean and odorless. I guess thats a combination of ants and maggots at work.
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I place the skull in a bucket with enough water to cover the skull. I usually pour a beer in with ( the yeast in the beer helps speed up the bacteria growth). Check the water every couple of days and when it turns bloody or cloudy pour about half the water out and replace with fresh water. Dont pour it all out or you will loose your bacteria growth. I cover mine with an old piece of carpet and let nature take its course. After about 3 weeks I take them out and either dip them in a pot of hot water for about 5 minutes or take the pressure washer to them. YOU WILL GAG, LOL! It is nasty. After that, degrease and whiten and let air dry for about a week.
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   Charley
You are the man, that is sick and I can't take the odor!!
Have you ever used beetles to clean the skull?
I used to cast my own manakins from the carcase and one time I forgot the corcase of a red fox in the ice chest for 2 months!! Yep I have to admit that I put a little fertalizer in the grass after I opened that chest up!! Yack!!
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Never used the beetles. This is a seasonal thing for me and I dont want the hassle of having to keep up a beetle colony all summer. I do hear that they will take care of business with no damage to the bone and degreasing is a cinch.
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