Have You Ever Did This?
European or skull mounts have a classic look that is durable, rugged and will last a lifetime. They take up less space and can be finished in a matter of days. A shoulder mount from a taxidermist can take months to reach your wall.
A taxidermist may charge as much as $500 for a shoulder-mounted whitetail. In contrast, a skull or European mount costs around $100. If you learn to European mount your own heads, the cost is cut to $20 or less.
There are several ways to accomplish the goal of a skull totally clean of flesh, connective tissue and oil in the bone. One way to prepare a skull is the use of Dermestid Beetles. These beetles are amazingly efficient and can clean a skull of all flesh and tissue in a matter of days. Problem is they must be maintained in a controlled environment of proper food, moisture, fat and temperature.
Another way is to use boiling water, soap, hydrogen peroxide, a pressure washer and common tools around your house. Here’s how.