I've done a trophy before and am very pleased with the results, however a couple of weeks ago I shot a cull buck with deformed antlers... I was going to boil it up as an interesting one to look however mine and my girlfriends birthday's got in the way and it ended up sat in the garage for a week in a bucket!
As you can imagine it was crawling with maggots. I managed to hold my nose and skin it, and got most of the flesh off the face and out the mouth before deciding I couldn't do any more. I wasn't keen on boiling it because of the inevitable smell in the house, so I decided I might try and see if the maggots will do the job for me... so far after a few days the eyes are gone and some of the remaining face flesh...
Does anyone have any experience with the "leave it and see what happens method"?!?
Is there a stage at which I should just bite the bullet and boil it up?
I've heard of people burying them before - does that actually work?