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Mummified Bison

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by jfake, Oct 14, 2021 at 2:25 PM.

  1. jfake

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    Hey all. I had a customer bring me a bison yesterday. Normally not a big deal as I have done many. The only problem is that it was killed 3 years ago and the hide was left on. The nose is as hard as bone so skinning it now will be impossible. Any ideas on what to do? I normally macerate but never with the full hide and hair. Any help would be stellar.

    Thanks so much
     
  2. 3bears

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    drop it in the maceration tank with a good funk going, it will clean up.
     

  3. jfake

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    Would I still remove the horn sheaths first?
    Thank you
     
  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    I would attempt to do as I normally do, drop the whole skull in a garbage bag with a cup of water and sweat em off, if that didn't work, I would drill holes in back of horn and inject a little of that funk from a maceration tank and bag. Lastly, I would steam em off but be careful with that method easy to damage horns that way.
     
  5. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Write up a document before doing any work and have the customer sign it. Their lack of care for their "trophy" has caused a situation that may well damage the end result. Any damage is 100% their fault and not yours. As above, you can try to drill a few holes through the horn caps into the cores and let it soak in water for a couple of days and see if that helps to soften the tissue at all. Then bag and try a warm place for a couple of days more. Too much soaking will ruin those horns. They need to know they have created more work for you by their failure to do things properly on their end and you might also want to add an additional "idiot" fee for your time to try and correct it.