Deer Skull Mount (Part One)

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Throughout history, men would sever the antlers or skull tops of animals and wear them as status symbols. Wearing such antlers had different meanings, depending on the location and time period in history, but they are a unique sight to behold. We get a fair amount of healthy bucks with prominent antlers here in Georgia, which is why it will be quite a decorative piece in your home, or your helmet, if you happen to be a biker. Think of how great it would look in your home, if you happen to have a cabin out in the North Georgia woods. And deer skull mounting is not something you have to take to a taxidermist.

Removing Tissue

Start by removing the head from the body at the base of the skull. Follow by removing as much tissue and flesh from the head as possible. This is where you'll have to be extra careful to avoid scratching the skull itself. This is an art-form that will only be perfected through practice, so don't beat yourself up if you make mistakes. And there is no right or wrong way of doing so. If you know a taxidermist, get his or her guidance before skinning, if you are unsure. Or you can simply take the head to a professional. You can use pliers or a sharp knife to peel away any flesh. The trickiest part will be removing the brain from within the skull. You can use a long knife or screwdriver to remove the inside contents.

Boiling

Now that the messy part is over and done with, you're going to remove the remaining flesh through boiling. The kettle should be large enough to accommodate the skull portion. The antlers should be above water level. You're also going to use hydrogen peroxide to pull off that bleach-white appearance. Pour in enough peroxide to mix in thoroughly and place the skull inside. How long the skull will boil over depends on you. As long as the skull is free of flesh, and white in appearance, the goal is accomplished. Be sure not to boil the antler portion of the skull. You may need to repeat the process over while peeling and scraping in the process. If you don't have enough space to submerge the skull, you can pour the water and peroxide over the skull. Once the skull is ready, you can simply mount on a plaque of your choosing.

Clean Up

When finished using your tools, clean them thoroughly to prevent bacteria formation. And peel the flesh in an area far away from your living quarters, such as a basement or garage. In the yard or outside is the best place to do so. If you're not content on the skull piece, stay tuned for my next article on simply mounting the antlers, or the base of the skull.



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