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Needed: 1 Head, 2 Hands, Strong Gut

I learned there are about as many ways to preserve a deer skull and antlers in the European mount style as there are ways to hunt deer. But like hunting itself, all of the methods are pretty similar and follow a basic pattern: Remove the hair, fat and sinew from the skull, boil it clean and bleach it bone white. A European mount, also known as a museum mount, is nothing more than a skull and a set of antlers. It's a bare-bones form of taxidermy with a classic look that can be done by do-it-yourselfers with relatively little investment in time or equipment. You just need to be willing to fiddle with some gross stuff like brains and eyeballs, not mind spending an afternoon toiling over a simmering pot of deer-head stew and be unafraid to work with some semi-astringent chemicals/Eric Barker, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Have you ever preserved a deer skull and antlers in the European mount style — or anything similar?

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