Anyone do European mounts?

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  1. Dawn Assassin

    Dawn Assassin Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Got my first buck the other day and just dont have the money to spend to get a shoulder mount so wanted to know if anyone on here close by doe this kind of work.
     
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    Euros are pretty easy. If you have access to a turkey fryer, you could do it yourself. I did my first last fall. Went well enough, that I'll never cut off a rack again :tu:
     
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    i don't know if you want to pay for shipping and what not but a place near me in NY does a great job with euro's....www.barebonesandbugs.com.....check out the nuskin camo dip they do on them to......great option for around 180 bucks plaque and all......i don't have one yet but i have seen their work at my local bow shop and that's where my next buck will go if i happen to be so lucky as to put one on the ground.......love euro mounts
     
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    I simmer mine in soapy water over a turkey Frier. Every now and then pull it out and scrape off skin and tissue. One of the keys is too get absolutely as off as you can before you start. The sooner you skin it after you kill is the eaiser it is.


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    This is the one I did last fall. Simmered for a few hours, pick it clean and repeat. The quicker you skin it and do it, the less it smells. Most helpful tools: long flathead screw driver, needle nose pliers, multiple knives.
     
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    Fast and Free! I just boiled mine in our lobster pot!
     
  7. Dawn Assassin

    Dawn Assassin Die Hard Bowhunter

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    thanks i was looking on another site on how to do it. it looks easy enough
     
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    I have done about 10 skulls now. Get a large pot of water on the stove/grill/fryer and add Arm and Hammer Super Washing soda and some Dawn detergent. Bring water to a SIMMER, do not boil! With the super washing soda a deer head will take me 1.5 hours from start to finish tops.
     
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    KyleLewis Die Hard Bowhunter

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    oooops!
     
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    Care to elaborate?
     
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    KyleLewis Die Hard Bowhunter

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    hahaha, nothing bad really happened. It really wasn't "boiling". We left it outside and checked on it periodically. Worked fine but I think it took quite some time.
     
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    As long as it is not exposed to prolonged boiling you will be ok.
     
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    Its not too hard. I just did one about a week ago.
     
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    I do a lot of them. I use dessication instead of boiling or simmering. Basically I let a skull rot in a bucket of water with borax for about a month and a half.....yes it takes much longer than boiling, but I feel the result is much nicer and less prone to issues. Boiling is hard on the bones. It can and will make a lot of the smaller ones soft, some may fall off or disintegrate, especially the tip of the nose. Boiling also causes the skull to shrink. Not a big deal on smaller deer, but on a borderline pope and young deer for example, the shrinking of the skull will have a detrimental effect on the antler spread. It isnt much, but every 1/8 counts. Using dessication eliminates the chances for any problems. you don't have to worry about being "careful" once the skull is clean you can use a small needlenose pliers to remove any stubborn bits. then either leave it natural, bleach it, or paint it. making a plaque is easy too, altough i usually just hang mine from a nail driven at a 45 degree angle using the hole in the back of the skull....the angled nail makes the skull stand off of the wall a little bit. or you can make one from wood, metal, whatever you like.
     
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    here are a few of mine I have done
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    sharpbroadheads they look great did you paint them of bleach them?
     
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    Both....The first one is bleached, the last 3 are painted...i have some more pics of others if you want. i have one i painted black that looks pretty cool, one I dipped in camo too...you can get creative and do all inds of cool stuff with them
     
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    Sounds it. this is my first buck ever so i wanna take extra good care of it. and im affraid of messing it up being new to the whole euro thing thanks for your help
     
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    I do it exactly the same as Backcountry does. Except when I'm done, I let it dry, then soak it in a big container of household peroxide ( its only 2%) for a couple days. Turns it really nice white! [​IMG]
     
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    Do you use spray paint if so what kind?
     

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