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    Skull mount preparation - rotting

    Hi - so far I have been boiling off trophy heads in the normal fashion. Has anyone experimented with letting the meat simply rot off? Was it possible to de-grease/bleach the bone enough to achieve the same white finish as the traditional method?

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    i have had the best results by boiling them the traditional way ,then bleaching with hydrogen peroxide,never had a good result by rotting off then trying to bleach,also the antlers themselves can loose colour if left too long or forgoton about, regards arron.
    Last edited by arron; 01-01-2013 at 22:12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boghossian View Post
    Hi - so far I have been boiling off trophy heads in the normal fashion. Has anyone experimented with letting the meat simply rot off? Was it possible to de-grease/bleach the bone enough to achieve the same white finish as the traditional method?
    No, always get a dirty look to them and a waste of a good head.

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    yanks seem to like to bury there heads and leave them for best part of a year or leave them in a bowl of maggots etc i dont see the point in waiting boil is the fastest and best way and far less spell

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    Have heard that it leaves the delicate nasal bones intact better than boiling?

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    Don't do it, lazy way of doing it, all the connective tissue which holds the bones together rots away and the skull rattles, you need to glue everything back together.
    You will never whiten them up as good as you can with boiling and bleaching.

    Moose

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    Boil them. I tried the maggot method a couple of years back. All the meat was gone sure but the bone was left off colour even after bleaching.

    The other issue I had was I scratched my finger on a sharp edge of bone while retrieving a head from the bucket. It went through my latex gloves and within a week my hand had swollen and purple lines were tracking across my hand and fingers. Cost me nearly 30 in antibiotics.
    Best Regards,
    Adrian.

    Jedward. The reason why there are two barrels on a shotgun.

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    any lesser heads I just bury, dig them up a year later,
    But they are stained brownish,and difficult to bleach
    foxe s often dig them up too, also put them in the compost heap but that can attract rats.

    so if youve got a good head then it really needs boiling and bleaching

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    Tried burying one and the mice ate the antlers!

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    I tried it once to see the difference. Yep it was different, reeked, couldn't really get the smell off the bone, a yellow tink to skull that wouldn't bleach out, yuk.

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