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Deer Hunting in Louisiana

Skull mount help

I killed a nice deer this weekend and want to get it skull mounted. I was wondering who is the best for the job not too far from Hammond. Looking for a decent return time and good work. Any help or info is appreciated.
December 16, 2012 at 6:52pm
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Posted December 16, 2012 at 7:33pm


Call chad, he does awesome work

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Posted December 16, 2012 at 7:41pm
Buck Boiler

Buy a Buck Boiler for $90 and do it yourself. Takes 8-10 hours and its done. Very simple. We bought one a month ago and have done 3 deer with it. Way cheaper than paying someone else to do it.

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Posted December 17, 2012 at 8:10am

Or, you could do it yourself without the 'buck boiler' and spend only $10.

Get a large pot and boil the head, leaving the antlers out of the water. Pull and scrape meat. repeat until all meat is off the bone. Then soak in hydrogen peroxide until the skull achieves the whiteness desired. Should take 4-5 hours and a six pack of beer.

I cleaned my pot and continue to make gumbos in it. Oh--and DO NOT dip it in camo. That looks trashy.

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Posted December 17, 2012 at 9:18am

Motorboat, I hear that boiling them in a pot requires constant monitoring of the water level and that you burn a lot of propane. The Buck Boiler doesn't actually boil, it's more of a simmer. I checked the water level once at the 5 hour mark and had to add a cup or two. Have you ever tried to do one at lower heat on the propane burner? Wondering if that would require less monitoring of the water level. I was pretty impressed with the Buck Boiler. No real scraping required. Hose it off when you pull it out and let it dry.

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Posted December 17, 2012 at 9:30am

I did mine on a Cadillac burner (I can control the boil easily). No problems with it boiling over. It is not the most pleasant process, but I like ding things myself. YMMV.

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Posted December 17, 2012 at 10:29am
Not boiling over

I didn't mean boiling over. I meant that I have heard that you have to add water pretty often when boiling one on a propane burner. The Buck Boiler wasn't that unpleasant. It smells like canned Alpo dog food. I once did one by putting it in a bucket of water and leaving it for a month. The bacteria that forms in the water does a pretty good job of eating all of the tissue, etc off of the skull, but the smell was vomit inducing. Will not do that method ever again.

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Posted December 17, 2012 at 10:53am

It is a very easy process you can do yourself with a small pot & burner. After skinning the head simmer it in water with dawn detergent. It takes about two hr's to complete the process of cleaning the skull.

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Posted December 17, 2012 at 10:59am

Yeah I tried to do it myself on a small buck I killed last year and it didn't go we'll I broke bones teeth fell out and I accidentally bleached the bottom half of the horns. This is a really good deer so I want somebody who knows what there doing to handle this one for me

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Posted December 17, 2012 at 2:13pm
Skull Mount

Hey Tom, bring it to me if you want it done professionally. $50 for just the skull cleaned/whitened, $75 for a plaque or driftwood. Lamps are $150 right now until the end of deer season. I'm in Baton Rouge and have been specializing in doing European Mounts for years..look me up on here, I've done hundreds of mounts for fellow La Sportsman on here. You can have it on your wall in 4 days after you bring it to me. Be careful, there are several people that are popping up doing this now trying to make a quick buck, don't take a chance! thanks, 225-733-8069

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Posted December 17, 2012 at 6:05pm
Morse Taxidermy

Call Morse Taxidermy. He does great work and he's on Brown Rd in Ponchatoula.985-969-3973

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