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offroadjeeper
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12/10/2017 12:11AM
Any one else have a good deer season this year? I sat in my stand only one night for about 3 hours and sealed the deal. To top it off I've had a record number of customers for my european mount side business and they keep coming in. Now I should have plenty of money to stock up on some camping gear for next year.



 
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KarlBAndersen1
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12/10/2017 07:07AM
That's an awesome 8 pt.! Congratulations.
12/10/2017 08:22AM
Very impressive buck. Well done.
mastertangler
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12/10/2017 09:03AM
Wow, a beauty.
Savage Voyageur
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12/10/2017 09:37AM
Very nice look, contrast between the wood and white is striking.
12/10/2017 11:42AM
Are those the actual skulls? If so, how do you get them so clean?
offroadjeeper
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12/10/2017 02:56PM
quote rtallent: "Are those the actual skulls? If so, how do you get them so clean?"
They are the actual skulls. After skinning the head I remove as much meat as possible including tongue and lower jaw. I simmer the heads in water with oxiclean laundry detergent for about 4 hours. Gets kind of tedious but continue to remove meat & brains during the cook time. Then I de-grease the skull in fresh simmering water with dawn dish soap. After it's dried I apply 50 volume salon peroxide developer cream to skull & let sit maybe 4 or 5 hours. Rinse it off & let dry & it's ready to mount.
fadersup
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12/10/2017 04:41PM
Look at those tines!

12/10/2017 06:49PM
quote offroadjeeper: "quote rtallent: "Are those the actual skulls? If so, how do you get them so clean?"
They are the actual skulls. After skinning the head I remove as much meat as possible including tongue and lower jaw. I simmer the heads in water with oxiclean laundry detergent for about 4 hours. Gets kind of tedious but continue to remove meat & brains during the cook time. Then I de-grease the skull in fresh simmering water with dawn dish soap. After it's dried I apply 50 volume salon peroxide developer cream to skull & let sit maybe 4 or 5 hours. Rinse it off & let dry & it's ready to mount."


That might be useful to my museum friends. Thanks.
yogi59weedr
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12/11/2017 12:02AM
Nice buck. I now do European mounts . Like them more than traditional hide mounts.
I just wrap up the antlers in aluminium foil and bury in the garden. Let the bugs do most of the work.
Be careful if you boil them to long ,the teeth will fall out.
Also don't call it a business..its a hobby.
Uncle Sam might be listening.

I know in Illinois, you have to have a taxidermy license..
ParkerMag
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12/11/2017 08:12AM
Peach of an animal there, Mike - nicely done!
yogi59weedr
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12/11/2017 11:23PM


My last 3 I have done...
offroadjeeper
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12/12/2017 02:46PM
yogi59weedr: "


My last 3 I have done..."


Nice work. I've been tossing the idea around about getting some dermestid beetles. Just need a faster turn around time. Of course then I would have the little critters to take care of year round.
Kawishiwashy
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12/12/2017 02:53PM
OffRoad, my 14 year old got his 5th buck this year and took it upon himself to do his own European mount. He went the boiling method route. Said he learned a lot, but probably won't ever want to do it again. What do you charge for a European mount?
12/12/2017 03:24PM
Also from Iowa East Central Iowa Center Point I didn't get a chance to get out bow hunting with my daughter playing a lot of volleyball but I did make it out for shotgun season I harvested this buck
GoSpursGo
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12/13/2017 11:01AM
Those are some tall antlers! Congrats - I bet he will be delicious
offroadjeeper
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12/13/2017 02:53PM
mcsweem: "Also from Iowa East Central Iowa Center Point I didn't get a chance to get out bow hunting with my daughter playing a lot of volleyball but I did make it out for shotgun season I harvested this buck " Nice, congratulations.
offroadjeeper
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12/13/2017 02:54PM
Kawishiwashy: "OffRoad, my 14 year old got his 5th buck this year and took it upon himself to do his own European mount. He went the boiling method route. Said he learned a lot, but probably won't ever want to do it again. What do you charge for a European mount? " My very first one grossed me out too and thought it was way too much work to be worth it. Now I'm ok with it though. I charge $80 for skull cleaning and $40 for my walnut plaques.
 
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