boiling question

Submitted by kevin on 11/4/04 at 7:59 PM. ( ) 209.142.170.107

how long should you boil an elk skull to do a european mount? I have read about 30 minutes for a whitetail. Im in Arkansas and I don't see many of these bad boys. thanks in advance for any help.

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Somewhere between....

This response submitted by Raven on 11/4/04 at 8:11 PM. ( ) 24.150.199.145

You should boil skulls somewhere between zero minutes and not at all.

Look up 'maceration' in the archives and at hidetanning.net


10 hours hard boil or use SEARCH

This response submitted by JOHNC on 11/4/04 at 8:16 PM. ( ) 70.178.74.104

use search!


Ok

This response submitted by wilson on 11/4/04 at 8:45 PM. ( ) 205.188.116.68

kevin, it takes me about 6 hr simmer 3, cut meat and lower jaw off ,change water and simmer 3 more.
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This response submitted by . on 11/4/04 at 9:13 PM. ( ) 152.163.100.137

here is a john c post
I have done a great many skulls over the years, Maceration, rotting box etc.

1. Remove most of the meat, eyes, jaws etc.
2. Place in pot and heat to 130 F or so.
3. At 10 minutes check the cooking so you are not over cooking (sounds like those that use other methods are)
Remove meat as needed.
4. repeat all the above until meat and brain are totally removed.

Drawbacks are, labor intense, you have to pay attention to what you are doing, just dont be stupid.

Pros: Its cheap, its fast, you can return the skull mount within a few days. It does not stink like rotting and maceration, or beetles.

I use a large pot and a fish cooker @ thermometer and watch closely.


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