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How to clean an Elk skull??

I have an Elk skull with antlers attached and it still has some fur stuff on it. I want to clean it up so I can get some leather wrapped around it and mount it in my house. I've heard of a few different ways to clean a skull. Do you guys have any suggestions??

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Jimmy

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Re: How to clean an Elk skull??

Do you want to clean the skull for an European mount or are you just going to mount the antlers? If it is just the antlers all you have to do is cut the antlers with a skull cap to mount to a board. If you want to clean and bleach the skull there are a number of different ways to do it. Here is a how to do it from Van Dykes Taxidermy catalog http://www.vandykestaxidermy.com/skull-cleaning.html They also offer a kit that includes the chemicals for the bleaching http://www.vandykestaxidermy.com/create-a-skull-mount.html

There is also a member here severetaxidermy that I believe has a shop in or near Logan you may want to contact him and see if he has any recommendations. Their web site is severetaxidermy.com

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Re: How to clean an Elk skull??

Ok perfect! Thanks for your help

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Re: How to clean an Elk skull??

I wire mine down to one of two places for a Euro style mount. One is to some concrete stakes tied over a big red ant hill and the other is in the creek next to the ant hill. I haven`t had any trouble with mice and critters chewing the antler because of the ants and the sunken skulls in water just have Crawfish and minnows nibbling on it. Either get out EVERYthing. I do Buff skulls and such like that often. Somewhere I have a picture of a 6x6 elk skull done this way, if i can find it ill post it.

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Re: How to clean an Elk skull??

haha I've never even thought of Ants! Yes please post pics if you can find them!!

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