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Thread: Keeping a roe head for a few days before skinning

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    Keeping a roe head for a few days before skinning

    This morning I shot my first roe buck. I had intended to get a shoulder mount for my first buck, but to be honest his coat wasn't that great, I presume as he is transitioning from winter to summer coat, he also still has some velvet. So I have decided to boil the head instead. But I'm not going to get a chance to skin / cut / boil for a few days and I don't have enough freezer space to put the head in. I have read that in this case you should place the head in water until you can skin it. My question is, should it be fully immersed, or just up to the pedicles as with boiling?

    This lad still had some velvet, but that's the problem with going out this early in the buck season. I have read that you can dye the antlers with potassium permanganate. What is the recommended procedure for this?

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    Just put the head in a bucket of water wont do any harm if you cover the antlers you'll need to boil the antlers to get the velvet of anyway
    You mix the potassium crystals with water then paint onto the antler until you get the required color !

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    Quote Originally Posted by 375 mag View Post
    Just put the head in a bucket of water wont do any harm if you cover the antlers you'll need to boil the antlers to get the velvet of anyway
    You mix the potassium crystals with water then paint onto the antler until you get the required color !
    As above. The potassium can be appliied in a few coats till you get the shade your after.

    i do it like the following link, but I don't bother with the last step of sealing with krypton.
    Staining with Potassium Permanganate (How to w/pics)
    Last edited by palmer_mike; 06-04-2014 at 17:47.

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    Great, thanks a lot. There is only a bit of velvet left, and it seems to peel off fairly easily.

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    I am going to try to skin and boil the head today. I have decided to leave it as a full head for measuring purposes, so I won't be staining it yet. But as I am leaving it as a full head, how do I get the brains out before boiling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiltshire Lad View Post
    But as I am leaving it as a full head, how do I get the brains out before boiling?
    You don't, you essentially cook the brain, which is about 70% fat, and so melts to a degree. After that, with needle-nosed pliers (I use the ones I have for removing hooks from fish) you can pull out chunks through the hold at the base of the skull. Every so often you'll get a big bit and a scrap of fibrous membrane. But mostly, you're mashing it up into pieces, then flushing the bits out with hot water from the tap. At least that's what I did. Painstaking and not very pleasant work.

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    If you have a pressure washer it will make short work of the brain. Just make sure the dogs are with you at the time, as they love it too

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    If you have a pressure washer it will make short work of the brain. Just make sure the dogs are with you at the time, as they love it too

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    while using a pressure washer keep your mouth closed too, unless partial to cooked roe brain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    If you have a pressure washer it will make short work of the brain. Just make sure the dogs are with you at the time, as they love it too
    [cough, splutter, choke, cough] thank you willie! Actually I chickened out of using the jet wash as I thought it might be too brutal, maybe on a buck that isn't my first. I have "furtled" most of the brains out. But I'm still having trouble removing some of the gristle around the atlas joint and lug holes. This sort of area:
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    Any tips?

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    I use a really small screwdriver for these bits, thats one of the disadvantages of not cutting the skull a cut skull is easier cleaned, but if you are going to have it measured best not cut, especially if you think it could be border line medal.

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