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Here's my gun Buck. Decent, but not shoulder mount worthy so I'm going with a euro. I reached out to a few local taxi shops but didn't hear back. Based on that I figured I'd give it a shot. All it takes is a little elbow grease, right? 

I'll boil in the next day or two and then apply the peroxide. I'll update pix as I go.

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Throw some dish soap in the boil to break the oil. Scrape some meat, reboil and repeat,. Look for small wire brushes for the inner nooks and crannies.
I used Oxiclean from the grocery store and made a paste with water to whiten upon someone’s recommendation from here. Worked great
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7 minutes ago, Bolt action said:

First boil started about 30 minutes ago. I added the soap and oxi as suggested.

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You must be married, otherwise you'd be doing that on the kitchen stove.

Good call.... :)

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First boil started about 30 minutes ago. I added the soap and oxi as suggested.
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Interesting....Oxiclean IN the boil? That could help break the grease I bet. Sorry if I was confusing but I made a paste of Oxiclean and water AFTER I did the boil and meat removal. Put the Oxiclean on and let site for 12-16 hours before chipping it off and rinsing.


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The 3.5 year old buck on the left was boiled.   Big mess to clean up, smelly, and took quite a while.   The 2.5 year old one on the right was skinned raw and power-washed.  It took less than an hour, start to finish, no smell, and the birds cleaned up all the mess.  That is the only way that I do them now. 

 

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The 3.5 year old buck on the left was boiled.   Big mess to clean up, smelly, and took quite a while.   The 2.5 year old one on the right was skinned raw and power-washed.  It took less than an hour, start to finish, no smell, and the birds cleaned up all the mess.  That is the only way that I do them now. 
 
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That a big muskie up above to the right?

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That a big muskie up above to the right?

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And is that a multi-tapped beer fridge? Quite the fancy option for a kat who relies mostly on venison for his/families’ meat due to expenses.


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16 minutes ago, crappyice said:


And is that a multi-tapped beer fridge? Quite the fancy option for a kat who relies mostly on venison for his/families’ meat due to expenses.


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Duh how do u pay for beer

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I boil with some dish soap then just soak for a few hours in oxiclean.  All these methods work, the key is to stay away from strong chemicals and bleach because it weakens the bone. 

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39 minutes ago, crappyice said:


And is that a multi-tapped beer fridge? Quite the fancy option for a kat who relies mostly on venison for his/families’ meat due to expenses.


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Save where you can in order to spend on something else

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1 hour ago, The Jerkman said:

That a big muskie up above to the right?

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48", and the largest one that I have landed.  I rarely target them, but get a few by "accident" now and then while bass fishing.   They only had to be 44" to keep on the upper Niagara back then (now they need to be 54").  I have a couple other "by-accident" fish mounted, including a walleye and a northern pike, but I have never had a bass mounted.   I got the idea for the musky in the billiard room from George Bolt, at his place on Heart Island up on the St Lawrence.     

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Boil, clean, boil with dish soap, power wash at the car wash, wear rain gear. 40 volume peroxide mixed with quick white. Leave overnight then wash off and let dry.

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48", and the largest one that I have landed.  I rarely target them, but get a few by "accident" now and then while bass fishing.   They only had to be 44" to keep on the upper Niagara back then (now they need to be 54").  I have a couple other "by-accident" fish mounted, including a walleye and a northern pike, but I have never had a bass mounted.   I got the idea for the musky in the billiard room from George Bolt, at his place on Heart Island up on the St Lawrence.     
A fish of 10,000 casts! I'd mount it up too!

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1 hour ago, johnplav said:

That one on the right is WIDE 

That’s my gun buck from this year.17.5”

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I've done a few in the past and the scrubbing and scraping after simmering sucks. The smell of it simmering sucks, and did I mention the nasal cavity? Yeah that sucks too. If an when I get another worthy of a euro, I am going to try the pressure washer method.
For a finish I use the 40 peroxide from the beauty store (my wife has a license to buy from there) and I mix it with baking soda and it creates this weird dust you can just rinse off.
I like the "white" look versus the natural or yellowed look. Plus it's easy to reapply down the road if some oils release and start to yellow the finish. 87549513009b5c906ed81427c5c099c4.jpg68f39f74a28ea2cb635c7516244f4f77.jpgff44e6dadf9f4010c3ab3346682ebc56.jpg41cac13773c7a92640e51501d2d2c063.jpg8457bab8531145c33edeca0656331ec8.jpg

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So I boiled it at a low simmer for awhile today. Most of the soft tissue turned to yuck and just fell off. What I noticed is that the nose area was down in the water the longest. Because of evaporation and the water boiling over, the back of the skull was in the water the least. As a result the nose area seems brittle and the back of the head still has lots of gray matter sticking to it. I'll scrape again tomorrow and see what happens.

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Super glue if any of those nose bones separate. It's a cheat but it works. Be sure to wipe with a lint free white cloth so you don't get "shiny spots".

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So I boiled it at a low simmer for awhile today. Most of the soft tissue turned to yuck and just fell off. What I noticed is that the nose area was down in the water the longest. Because of evaporation and the water boiling over, the back of the skull was in the water the least. As a result the nose area seems brittle and the back of the head still has lots of gray matter sticking to it. I'll scrape again tomorrow and see what happens.
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Looks good....make sure you get that meat off the teeth and the meat and hair right from the antler base. Did you crack in and remove the brain? That’s always quite pleasurable.


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