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DIY European Skull Mount

Feb 21 '16 | By Kyle Settle | Views: 3623 | Comments: 6

Taxidermy is often an expensive byproduct of a successful hunting trip. If you are on a budget but want to preserve your buck or bull in a way that is respectful to the animal and aesthetically pleasing then I suggest getting a European Mount done. Better yet, Do the mount yourself!


What you will need:

  • Large pot ( Can be an old turkey frying pot)

  • Propane Burner

  • Propane Tank

  • Water

  • Dawn Dish Soap (Ill explain later)

  • Patience

  • Dowel Rod

  • Rope

  • Pressure Washer

  • Steps:

    1. Sever the skull at the last vertebrate right before the skull base.

  • Skin the hide from the skull. The nasal region is extremely delicate so I would recommend using a Havalon or other razor type knife in this region.

  • Remove the eyeballs using an old spoon or knife. Be careful not to scar the eye sockets if you choose to use a knife.

  • Set up the large pot and propane cooker outside. For obvious reasons it is never a good idea to use propane within a structure. The second reason is the smell is far from pleasant.

  • Suspend the skull on a piece of wooden dowel rod and some rope. Make sure all the fleshy parts of the skull are suspended in the water. Keep the antlers out of the water to prevent them from being bleached.

  • Add a little dawn dish soap. I use about a teaspoon. This helps remove the natural greases from the skull as it cooks off.

  • Boil the Skull for about 3 to 3.5 hours or until 80% of the meat has boiled off. I recommend no more than 3.5 hours since the nasal bones can separate if cooked too long.

  • After sufficient meat has been removed take the skull out and let it cool for a few moments.

  • At this point you can either skin the excess meat off with a knife or use a pressure washer with an aggressive head. I recommend the pressure washer as it saves time and provides a cleaner skull.

  • After washing let the skull dry for a few days.

  • Optional: Depending on the look you want you can bleach the skull with peroxide. This will give the skull a bright white finish.

  • Mount it to whatever you choose! Driftwood or fence posts look great.

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    Feb 22 '16
    Great job Kyle.
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    Feb 22 '16
    great advice bud. this should help out a lot of budget hunters like myself
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    Feb 22 '16
    Great article, very helpful.
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    Feb 22 '16
    Thank you all!
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    Pro-Staff
    Feb 24 '16
    very good information in here, I do the same process for the most part.
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