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pizzadave
11-21-2011, 06:39 PM
My old man decided to mount my lil buck just for fun. He's not a giant, but it turned out pretty decent.

MLN1963
11-22-2011, 04:19 AM
That looks great! Your dad did a good job. I am going to mount my little guy. He really is little compared to yours but everyone keeps telling me I need to mount it since is was my first deer.

I don't know where to start really but I'll eventually get it done. If you have suggestions I'm all ears.

Double S
11-22-2011, 04:56 AM
Looks great!.

MLN1963
11-22-2011, 05:17 AM
That rack has nice symmetry.

elkslayer4x5
11-22-2011, 05:33 AM
My old man decided to mount my lil buck just for fun. He's not a giant, but it turned out pretty decent.

Did your dad clean the head or have it sent to the beetle guy? If he did the cleaning, tell us how he did such nice work, please. Good looking mount. :D

ElkSlayer
11-22-2011, 06:49 AM
look great ...nice mount
how did he get it so clean

pizzadave
11-22-2011, 08:31 AM
Well.... I have only helped him do one once before. The way he does it is he uses an old roasted.... And literally cooks the skull. Just gets it submerged below the antlers. Said that once u cook it, all of the junk inside and out just falls right out! And he takes a small pick and pulls it all out. Then he leaves the skull in a bucket of bleach and water, just long enough to brighten it up. The two things u gotta watch for.... If u over cook it, or bleach for too long, it will make it brittle. So its a learning game. We have tries to bury the skull and so it that way. It works well, but sometimes squirrels will eat the antlers... Sooooo u gotta keep an eye on it.... That's all I've got guys! Thanks for the compliments

ElkSlayer
11-22-2011, 08:42 AM
ok So all but the bleaching I have done...good to know I am half way there...

I will add to do this OUT SIDE guys you wife girlfriend and or mother will kill you...if done inside..... it stinks i use my camp stove and an "OLD" pan that also will get you into hot water with that skull

MLN1963
11-22-2011, 08:51 AM
When I do mine I am going to make a paste out of Oxyclean (or equivalent) as it is a peroxide. You can also go to a beauty supply store and get different strengths of hydrogen peroxide pastes they use for bleaching hair. Put it on for a while and rinse of and see if it is to the whiteness you want. If not, do it again. You can also redo sections that are more heavily stained.

If you bury it out side wrap the antlers in a plastic garbage bag first to protect them. After burying the skull place a bucket over the antlers to keep critters out.

My biggest obstacle is going to be coming up with the wall mount. It will be a balancing act between outdoorsy and what momma will let in the house. :cool:

elkslayer4x5
11-22-2011, 08:54 AM
ok So all but the bleaching I have done...good to know I am half way there...

I will add to do this OUT SIDE guys you wife girlfriend and or mother will kill you...if done inside..... it stinks i use my camp stove and an "OLD" pan that also will get you into hot water with that skull

In fact even you will be PO'ed that you choose to do it inside, I boiled my feral pig skull, stunk the whole area up, so bad that I let it sit for a day after, only to find that my dog beat me back to it and all I had left was a tusk !

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v728/deast-lr/Arrowheadandtusk.jpg

Double S
11-22-2011, 08:59 AM
Simmer, Garbage can and a air compressor. Shorter simmering pan.

http://martinarchery.com/mtechforum/showthread.php?19828-From-the-field-to-the-Trophy-Wall.

elkslayer4x5
11-22-2011, 09:01 AM
When I do mine I am going to make a paste out of Oxyclean (or equivalent) as it is a peroxide. You can also go to a beauty supply store and get different strengths of hydrogen peroxide pastes they use for bleaching hair. Put it on for a while and rinse of and see if it is to the whiteness you want. If not, do it again. You can also redo sections that are more heavily stained.

If you bury it out side wrap the antlers in a plastic garbage bag first to protect them. After burying the skull place a bucket over the antlers to keep critters out.

My biggest obstacle is going to be coming up with the wall mount. It will be a balancing act between outdoorsy and what momma will let in the house. :cool:

I've always liked the idea of if its an archery trophy, then it belongs on an arrowhead shaped plaque, have aways like the poportions of the NFAA arrowhead pins awarded for big and small game awards, like these.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v728/deast-lr/Huntingpins.jpg

ElkSlayer
11-22-2011, 09:06 AM
Simmer, Garbage can and a air compressor. Shorter simmering pan.

http://martinarchery.com/mtechforum/showthread.php?19828-From-the-field-to-the-Trophy-Wall.

hey nice link and better thread...sorry i missed that. great buck nice look to the mount when done..Now to get that big 3x or the 4x with eye gards...sweet

Ford
11-23-2011, 05:24 AM
Thats a great buck and a great mount. Your father did a good job. I would shoot that deer all day long, nothing little about it.

Chip
11-24-2011, 05:12 AM
When I do mine I am going to make a paste out of Oxyclean (or equivalent) as it is a peroxide. You can also go to a beauty supply store and get different strengths of hydrogen peroxide pastes they use for bleaching hair. Put it on for a while and rinse of and see if it is to the whiteness you want. If not, do it again. You can also redo sections that are more heavily stained.

If you bury it out side wrap the antlers in a plastic garbage bag first to protect them. After burying the skull place a bucket over the antlers to keep critters out.

My biggest obstacle is going to be coming up with the wall mount. It will be a balancing act between outdoorsy and what momma will let in the house. :cool:

Hello, when I worked in the taxidermy shop we would skin the skull out and boil it in peroxide and water. We boiled the skull outside using a turkey frier burner and a deep pan. We used peroxide and water due to the fact it was safe to let boil for longer and would not destroy the bone. After you boil scrape all the soft tissue from the skull we used an old dull knife and let dry. A couple tips use a coat hanger wire to scramble the brains and rinse out with water, use a long set of forceps to remove the soft tissue from the nasal cavity do this before you dry the skull. Be on the lookout for any parts of the skull that fall apart from the boil. once all has been boiled and cleaned let dry then use 5 min. epoxy to glue teeth and any other small parts that came apart from the boil. We then air brushed them with white semi gloss or flat your choice.

elkslayer4x5
11-24-2011, 04:27 PM
Thanks for the advice, Chip.

Chip
11-28-2011, 11:37 PM
Thanks for the advice, Chip.

Your welcome elkslayer, sorry about the delay in replying. I just got caught up in shooting my new bow and talking about it. The Threshold may not be the most up to date bow out there, but it fits me and it is a good shooter. I can't say I'm the most knowledgeable about bows, but I have skinned more animals in a season then most will in a lifetime. By the way I used a knife made in your neck of the woods the Gerber Gatormate great handle, light weight, and the steel while not exotic 420HC holds an edge and easy to sharpen.