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Bury the head/antlers?

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by yakrider, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. yakrider

    yakrider New Member


    My nephew says he just burys the head in the back yard... I have a nice 5x7 mule deer head from a hunt 5 days ago.

    Has anyone done this? Do you bury the head and antlers? How long does it take to "process", ie. get a clean skull from the biological action of the soil? How deep should it be buried?

    Thanks, new to all this!

  2. ryanolson72

    ryanolson72 Active Member

    I would not recomend it. I would have it sent to a dermisted beetle company. I don't trust my trophy in the ground. My luck, a coon will dig it up and drag it off. Go see a taxidermist in your area and pay the 150.00 or so to have it professionally done and they turn out 100x better than any burried or boiled skull. Just my 2 cents...

  3. If you want to do it yourself go to the search and look up maceration, its easy to do and is safe also.
  4. Jims Wildlife Studio

    Jims Wildlife Studio Full Time PA Taxidermist

    I have to agree with ryan. All my skull's are beetle cleaned. Buried skulls are some times dug up by coons and drug away. If you don't have acess to beetle's go with the maceration. Good Luck, Jim
  5. jhawk

    jhawk My second job.

    If you want to bury the skull put a bucket or barrell over the antlers and secure it. This keeps them from fading in sunlight.

    RDMARTIN53 New Member

    +1 on Masceration!
  7. Old Fart

    Old Fart New Member

    Out of curiosity I did just that a few years ago with a small whitetail skull. Time frame will depend on what part of the country you are located it, but I would say a bucket of water will probably be much faster. My skull was so stained by the soil that I never did get it white. Yes, it will work, but there are far better ways. On the positive side, there was no smell.
  8. I would not recommend burying the skull for two of the reasons mentioned here. One is, he skull could be dragged off, the second it takes a long time ( it may have to be burried for a year or longer). Another reason against burial, is the leach out the calcium in the bone. At the same time minerals like iron (give the bone a rusty coloration) will soak into the bone and can discolor it permanently. If you want a nice white skull, I would suggest maceration or beetles. Stay away from simmering/boiling the skull, as this also removes calcium out of the bone and can make the skull brittle. Best to take it to an experienced taxidermist who knows what he/she is doing. Ask them prior on how they clean their skulls though. You don't want to end up with someone just throwing your skull in a pot and cooking it. :)