My Low-Budget DIY Euro Mount

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  1. head2toe camo

    head2toe camo Weekend Warrior

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    I'm very happy with my 6-point buck from this archery season, but the going rate in my area for a Euro mount is about $200 and I didn't even consider a shoulder mount. I did a button buck euro/skull with hydrogen peroxide a couple years ago that came out good, so I decided to try it again.

    Materials:
    Four 1-quart bottles of hydrogen peroxide from Walmart (<$4).
    One large stainless stock pot from Walmart ($23) -- (wife didn't want me to use hers)
    Maybe $5 in propane from the bottle on my outdoor grill
    Cast Iron pipe and flange for mounting (<$3)

    Time:
    3 or 4 hours of slow simmering in the pot on the grill (while I did other things and occasionally checked that the water isn't boiling)
    2 hours initial skin/flesh removal
    3 hours follow-up flesh/brain removal (the hardest part)
    8 hours of initial hydrogen peroxide soaking (while I did other things and occasionally made sure the bubbling was touching the antlers)
    ~24 follow-up hydrogen peroxide soaking while I did other things.

    Here's some photos:
    2016 Buck Euro.jpg

    After initial hydrogen peroxide soaking
    IMG_3238.jpg

    Mounting hardware
    IMG_3290.jpg

    Euro Mount on Garage Wall
    IMG_3291.jpg

    Lessons learned:
    Don't wait until the head starts to rot to start the process...the smells are exponentially worse. Do it sooner or freeze the head.
    my stock pot was too small. snout and then lower jaw/teeth were on the bottom of the pot and almost got ruined. I ended up not using the bottom jaw.
    After you simmer the head, the water is going to stink. Need to plan ahead for disposing of the water. I live in a housing development, so dumping down a storm drain is not a good idea when there's leaves and debris that soak up the stink juices and stink up the neighborhood. I ended up flushing with the hose, then neutralizing with vinegar. Next time consider flushing down the toilet if no bones, etc.
     
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    bradn4201 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    That looks good.
     
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    I use peroxide from a beauty supply. Much stronger.

    I also coat my dried heads, (after cleaning & bleaching) with Mop & Glo.
     
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    head2toe camo Weekend Warrior

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    Thanks for the tip! I'm considering soaking in hyd perox again, not to whiten necessarily but to neutralize odor since it smelled still and I was able to get more brain matter out
     
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    Nicely done. The going rate around here is $100-$280, but the cheapest rate is an hour drive. I think I'll be grabbing some of those items for my next euro.
     
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    To add on to what elkguide said get the peroxide from a beauty supply place. You can get it unto 40% anything over that and you need a license. Also consider the gel vice the liquid. It adheres better and I think ultimately does a better job.. Great looking mount. Congrats.
     
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    Yeah do yourself a favor and try it once. I actually got a few doe skulls or small buck skulls to practice with first. Once you get the system down it gets easier.
     
  8. head2toe camo

    head2toe camo Weekend Warrior

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    How much $ for the concentrated or gel varieties?

    Also forgot to mention in my original post to soak in soapy water and then set out to dry before the peroxide
     
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    Should not be more than a couple of bucks depending on how much you get.
     
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    chieffan Weekend Warrior

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    I have 5 skull that my dog brought home. They have been hanging in a TV tower for a few years now. About ready to mount but I didn't shoot any of them so will probably just let them hang. Kind of hard to do that in a housing area though.
     
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    I really like my buck boiler. Its just a plastic pail with a heating element in it so you can run an extension cord outside. I think I got it for 100 bucks??
     
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    chieffan Weekend Warrior

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    MILKMAN - We use that set up for water for our goats during freezing weather but it just keeps the water from freezing. Would like to see just what you have there.
     
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    Chieffan- just google buck boiler, it will pop right up. I usually have to add some dishwasher detergent packets to get the water to boil, but it helps to break up the grease. I had it boiling the other day out in the barn and it was like a high of 10 degrees.
     
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    chieffan Weekend Warrior

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    Thanks Milkman. Looked at it on BP site. whem/if I decide to do it will try an 5 gal metal pail with a turkey fryer burner. Already have both so why not?
     
  15. head2toe camo

    head2toe camo Weekend Warrior

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    $100 plastic bucket?!? Read the title of this thread! I think it's easy enough to boil water...you don't need to spend $100. I was kinda mad at myself for buying a new stock pot for $25 when u can get something suitable at a yard sale for $4 or from your parents garage for free!! But I was pressed for time cause the head was rotting
     
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    If you have a couple "bucks" layin' around, I'd get a skull hooker, finishes the look completely.
     
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    One tip that i'd recommend would be to use a Power Washer to clean all the meat off. You don't have to sit there wasting your time doing it by hand and will get it spotless if you have the slightest bit of patience. Obviously make sure you don't use a jet setting that destroys the skull and brittle bones.
     
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    If that's what you consider low budget I'm sold, that looks awesome!
     
  19. BACKSTRAPASSASSIN

    BACKSTRAPASSASSIN Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Wow you guya pay some crazy money to have a euro done...guess we are lucky around here....75 to 80 bucks....at that it's not worth the time smell or headache for me to do it myself

    Love the look of a euro mount....great alternative to a shoulder

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G935A using Tapatalk
     
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    Hey that looks good !!
     

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