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    Cleaning heads?

    Hi, I am going to have a go at cleaning a roe head but Im not entirely sure where to start?

    Skin, boil for a while? and then power hose?


    Ideally I'd like the cleanest way possible...don't fancy scooping out eyes and brains if it can be avoided



    Any help is very much appreciated!


    Cheers

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    Did my first one recently... Skin (try to get as much of the skin & fur out from under the coronets as possible), boil for 20 minutes - try not to let any part of the antlers (including the coronets) go under the water (I used some chopsticks to support the head). Pick off/out loose bits, wrap (carefully) with cotton wool and soak cotton wool with bleach/peroxide to get the white finish...

    Haven't done the peroxide bit yet, but the boiling out worked...

    Good luck!

    Pippa

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    Quote Originally Posted by CZ452 View Post
    Hi, I am going to have a go at cleaning a roe head but Im not entirely sure where to start?

    Skin, boil for a while? and then power hose?


    Ideally I'd like the cleanest way possible...don't fancy scooping out eyes and brains if it can be avoided



    Any help is very much appreciated!


    Cheers
    If you cant stand popping eyes and scooping white fatty brains out send it to me I will do it for 40 fully prepared .

    Failing which stick it in the ground for a month and let the wassssms do the job for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by CZ452 View Post
    Hi, I am going to have a go at cleaning a roe head but Im not entirely sure where to start?
    Have you checked the Best Practice Guide: http://www.bestpracticeguides.org.uk...ss_trophy.aspx

    I'm sure there's another thread on the site as well - try searching for "head preparation", "antler preparation", "trophy preparation" or suchlike. There was one that had some great photos.

    willie_gunn

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    Thanks for the replies!


    I'll try the whole boiling thing out and see how it goes! The other thing I was thiking about was leaving it out for maggots to clean but I wasn't too shure?

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    Here's one thread - JC275's instructions are spot on!!

    http://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.u...hy+preparation
    Last edited by willie_gunn; 20-05-2010 at 17:49. Reason: Forgot to post the link to the thread!!

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    don't leave it for the maggots, it's just lazy and leaves a mess.

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    hi,

    i do mine as follows,

    skin the whole head
    remove bottom jaw

    draw a line with a knife through the centre of the ear on both sides
    saw from both sides till half way.
    scope out the brain with a tee spoon
    cut out the eyes and the remove as much meat from the skull as possible
    boil in a pot of water with soap suds and washing liquid. (these mask the smell)
    once the meat is soft i start to remove it bit by bit.
    i also use a pair of pliers to remove the inner nose area and bone.
    once all clean i leave to dry for 24 hrs on top of the boiler
    once done i get the head i use hydrogen peroxide 6% from the chemist .80p for a 200ml bottle
    i then either with toilet tissue or cotton wool cover the whole head filling eye cavity's and brain
    i pour the whole bottle over the head
    i leave it for 8 hours
    i then rinse in cold water and leave to dry

    f.



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    Skin the head.
    Remove the lwer jaw and if required cut the skull (long or short nose)
    Boil head for an hour with washing powder.
    If you have one available, then powerwash, but this can be messy. If not, you are in for an arduous time just picking away at it.
    Get some peroxide, the stronger the better. The stuff you get from chemists etc is a waste of time.
    Pour over and let dry.

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    If you want clean or easy, then send it off and have it done for you. No matter which method you use there will be some "gooey" bits. The cleanest (but not necessarilly easiest) method I found was to skin the head and take out the eyes (if you're confident enough to cut it without a jig you can leave the eyes in). Then freeze it and cut it while it's solid. Throw away the bottom of the skull and boil out the top in a solution of bi-carb. I've never tried using detergent.
    I've always found the peroxide you get from the chemists to be perfectly adequate.
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