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Old 09-16-2015, 06:55 PM   #1
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I shot an axis spike last year and I kinda wanted the skull but didn't want to pay a lot of money for a spike skull euro mount. I was going to boil it but I let the head sit for about four days and the hide turned to rubber. I tried to strip the ears and hide but after an hour and not much headway I decided to try burying the head and just see what happens. This was around the last week of December and I left the head outside for a few hours and let the flies land all over it. I then buried it on the side of my house, I laid the head on its side in the hole to where the side of the skull and horn were about 3 inches deep. Fast forward to today when I got around to digging it up. There was a fire ant hill about three feet away which may have helped. I very carefully dug it up and the skull was picked clean completely. No prep went into it I sawed off the head after quartering and threw it in the hole as is. Broke off a small piece at the very top of the nose that a little super glue will fix. I am thinking about bleaching but maybe leaving it as it is. Also it does not smell, except like dirt.

Climate and soil is Austin area and somewhat clay, very hard pack soil. I wasn't even sure the bugs would make it down there.
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Old 09-16-2015, 06:57 PM   #2
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I did this same thing with my first buck. It works great and in central texas the soil cave it a slightly dark stain which looks amazing.
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Old 09-16-2015, 07:03 PM   #3
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Great idea! Pic's ?
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Old 09-16-2015, 07:07 PM   #4
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We need pictures
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Old 09-16-2015, 07:12 PM   #5
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in for pics
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Old 09-16-2015, 07:14 PM   #6
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I've never put any up, not really sure where to start
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Old 09-16-2015, 07:26 PM   #7
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Photos! Someone here will show you. It's always a task for me.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:17 PM   #8
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I did this with a ram I shot last summer! Worked great!
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:02 PM   #9
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Yes pics!!
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:23 PM   #10
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I do the same thing to euro everything...wrks awesome on hog skulls for some reason. Euroed my avatar pic this way.
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Old 09-16-2015, 11:28 PM   #11
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When skull is dry and clean, tape up horns and spray paint white kilz on skull. Dry kilz paint looks like bone.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:54 AM   #12
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When skull is dry and clean, tape up horns and spray paint white kilz on skull. Dry kilz paint looks like bone.
Bingo. I have an axis I did this too that has been hanging in my house for 4 years now.

I have a cull 6 point that I shot last season. It rode in the back of my truck for about 2 weeks during the christmas holidays. I literally forgot about it. When we finally got home, I stuck it under a black tree planter bucket. I hit it with the mower the other day and the head is spotless. Will pull it out and paint it up sometime.
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:08 AM   #13
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:18 AM   #14
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I use my compost pile. It works great. It doesn't produce professional quality euro's but I like the weathered look.
Here's a link with pictures to an Aoudad I did in the dirt: http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=526610
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:36 AM   #15
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Stoof your compost thing worked great!!!
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:07 AM   #16
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:34 AM   #17
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I stick my deer heads under a molasses tub for about 10 months. Always come out clean. Sometimes I skin them but it is not necessary
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:47 AM   #18
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That is pretty cool. I have heard using bleach is a bad idea though. Go to sally's hair care and get the hydrogen peroxide solution. Spray painting with kilz sounds like a good idea also.
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:52 AM   #19
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I did this same thing with my first buck. It works great and in central texas the soil cave it a slightly dark stain which looks amazing.
Got any pics?
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:58 AM   #20
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Pics or it didn't happen.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:58 AM   #21
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can't wait to try it!!!
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:01 AM   #22
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Would love to see it.
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Old 09-17-2015, 12:13 PM   #23
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you know how it goes, pics or it didn't happen.
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Old 09-17-2015, 12:27 PM   #24
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We do this all the time. We bury them in a compose pile and it takes next to no time for them to be picked clean. Then we spray bottle some bleach on them and leave them in the direct sunlight for awhile.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:08 PM   #25
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Got any pics?
Ill get one up when i get home.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:13 PM   #26
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Question - I have a big compost pile surounded by hog wire in the corner of my backyard. If I bury a hog head in there a foot or so deep, how bad will the smell be? I don't think my wife or the neighbors would appreciate the wafting odor of rotting flesh
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Old 09-17-2015, 02:50 PM   #27
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After reading your post I remember that I've had a skull buried for 2 years now. I wonder how it looks!
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Old 09-17-2015, 03:05 PM   #28
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Question - I have a big compost pile surounded by hog wire in the corner of my backyard. If I bury a hog head in there a foot or so deep, how bad will the smell be? I don't think my wife or the neighbors would appreciate the wafting odor of rotting flesh
You won't smell it until you turn the pile. Which i did every week just to check on progress.
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Old 09-17-2015, 03:21 PM   #29
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How do you keep the horns from bleaching out?
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Old 09-17-2015, 04:06 PM   #30
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After reading your post I remember that I've had a skull buried for 2 years now. I wonder how it looks!
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Old 09-17-2015, 04:12 PM   #31
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We need some dang pics
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Old 09-17-2015, 04:22 PM   #32
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Ive tried posting my outdoor hog euro from phone...used to be able to post from my phone...can no longer post from my phone for some reason.
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:27 PM   #33
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in for the pics...

or it didn't happen
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Old 09-18-2015, 01:50 AM   #34
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I have done this a bunch of times.....works like a charm. I will take pics of mine tomorrow (if I remember) Just bury it, hide and all and let it sit for three months and vuala.....pristine skull. Only thing is I stick mine where the dogs can't get to it and put some rat poison around the antlers so the rats don't chew on them. Check it every month or so and make sure you don't need to put out more poison and then dig it up and spray it off.
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Old 09-18-2015, 06:42 PM   #35
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Last dang try
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Old 09-18-2015, 06:46 PM   #36
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No really last dang try
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:08 PM   #37
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did you bury the antlers?
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Old 09-19-2015, 12:24 AM   #38
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Don't burry antlers. There's nothing there's for nature to eat except the bone itself If you got a ram type animal pull the horns off the bone as quick as you can.
All the taxidermists are cursing this thread and I don't blame them. But if absolute perfection is your goal for a euro take it to the taxi.
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Old 09-19-2015, 05:32 AM   #39
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How do you keep the horns from bleaching out?
When I buried a few skulls I wrapped the antlers in a black plastic bag and it worked great.
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Old 09-19-2015, 05:35 AM   #40
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Also - when I did this I used a cut down barrel so I didn't have to dig up the yard and I could move them around keeping the process more wife friendly. I was sure to get some bugs in with the dirt.
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:14 PM   #41
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In Germany, we'd boil the skull to soften and use a pressure washer to remove the skin etc. If you want it extra white, soak it in peroxide solution overnight.
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:26 PM   #42
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Looks good.
I did a skull using the maceration process and will not be doing that again! I about puked every time I got near it. $75 for a taxidermist is money well spent! I would be worried about something chewing up the antlers.
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Old 09-20-2015, 10:09 AM   #43
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awesome, gonna try this...
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Old 10-16-2018, 07:26 PM   #44
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sweet
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:41 PM   #45
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I am gonna try this
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Old 10-18-2018, 10:40 AM   #46
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I am gonna try this


You did some diggin for this thread!


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Old 10-19-2018, 02:04 PM   #47
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Very nice
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:22 PM   #48
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that's great, I had not heard of this!
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:35 PM   #49
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that's great, I had not heard of this!
Me neither. Gonna do it on the next hog I murder.
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:41 PM   #50
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Definitely going to try this!
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