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Re: Skull maceration [Re: tedthorn] #14637696 03/06/20
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Originally Posted by tedthorn
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Those turned out well Jud. Nice to see them. Just finished up a javelina here. Will look good on the shelf I think.
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Did you drill holes in the jaws?



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Re: Skull maceration [Re: 30338] #14637929 03/06/20
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I didn't whiten the tusks but yours look good like that Greg. I guess I could always hit them with peroxide later.

Re: Skull maceration [Re: GregW] #14638123 03/06/20
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Originally Posted by GregW
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Those turned out well Jud. Nice to see them. Just finished up a javelina here. Will look good on the shelf I think.
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Did you drill holes in the jaws?



Just how they are....

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I mean....holes to get the gunk out?


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Re: Skull maceration [Re: 30338] #14638492 03/07/20
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No holes are drilled. Soaked in 90 degree water, meat falls off. Then a series of dawn dish soap soaks at 90 and the grease comes out of the bones. Then whitening. Easy yet raunchy lol.

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Got the porcupine skull done. Interesting one to skin out lol. Pretty cool looking teeth on these guys. Thanks to my buddy for providing the dead head.
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Re: Skull maceration [Re: 30338] #14640973 03/07/20
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Originally Posted by 30338
Got the porcupine skull done. Interesting one to skin out lol. Pretty cool looking teeth on these guys. Thanks to my buddy for providing the dead head.
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Looks great. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Skull maceration [Re: 30338] #14641013 03/07/20
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a 'before' pic.....

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Re: Skull maceration [Re: 30338] #14661399 03/14/20
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Originally Posted by 30338
Those turned out well Jud. Nice to see them. Just finished up a javelina here. Will look good on the shelf I think.
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I have one in the freezer. Hope it turns out that well.

Wonder if a busted freezer will keep the smell low enough the neighbors don't burn me out...?

Re: Skull maceration [Re: 30338] #14673972 03/17/20
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It wasn’t as bad as I expected. Did a deer that took about 6-7 weeks.

Re: Skull maceration [Re: pointer] #14690844 03/22/20
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Pointer, You've got a javelina head in freezer? At this point, I'd wait for June and warm weather. Take a 5 gallon depot bucket, paint it black to absorb heat, fill it up with water and put the lid on it. Unless you have a really big yard, I'd find someplace that you could put it with a big rock on it and leave it for 9 days or so. Buy the cheapest window screen you can find at Home Depot($12 one I found recently there), a good pair of gloves and get upwind of bucket when you pour it out. You'll want to look closely to locate all the teeth.

The javelina have a very bitter ammonia like smell when rotting. Took the barn about 8 weeks to recover from that one. They are really cool and worth the effort though. I'd vote wait for warm weather though and get it outside someplace. Good luck! Don't pour out the liquidified meat anywhere your dog can get to it.

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Yep, a javelina and a couple of pronghorn heads in the freezer that I'd like to get cleaned up. Thanks for the info on the window screen. Thinking I'll just wait for warmer weather, which for around here isn't too far away. The smell should help with social distancing... laugh

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Re: Skull maceration [Re: 30338] #15323611 10/18/20
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Finished my son's public land pronghorn. Rot took 6 days. New degreasing method took 2 days. Then whitened and glued on the sheaths. Had really good prongs.
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Re: Skull maceration [Re: 30338] #15323651 10/18/20
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Very nice. I love the color contrast. What is your new degreasing method?


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Re: Skull maceration [Re: 30338] #15323754 10/18/20
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Got a tank heater that goes on outside of a 5 gallon bucket. Put half a cup of dawn in there and turn heat to 150. Goes way faster than the old method with 85 degree water. Been testing it on a few things and seems to be yielding very good results.

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Nice Kurt, I was just thinking about this thread the other day, got a couple soaking now


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Re: Skull maceration [Re: 30338] #15324604 10/18/20
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Which tank heater you guys recommend??

Got 3 small buck skulls the kids have killed I need to do before Christmas? Youth deer coming up fast so I better get on it before they put more heads in freezer that need done

I had always boiled them but am tired of the time involved with that. Nobody local does it anymore. So guess I’m gonna give this a go

Re: Skull maceration [Re: 30338] #15324645 10/18/20
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I'd buy this one and turn it to 100 degrees to macerate, any above 100 and you kill bacteria. Then when cleaned of all rotten flesh, I'd wash bucket out good, pour in dawn soap, turn heat to 150 and degrease for a couple of days.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OYEABGQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'd put this heater on the very bottom of a home depot bucket which is what I do. If you read through the thread, its going to smell like hell for 3 days. I am now swapping water at 3 days to cut odor down. Don't pour it out anywhere a dog could get it or you'll be doing a lot of baths.

Re: Skull maceration [Re: 30338] #15325996 10/19/20
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Elk just clean up so nice. This one sat in a rot cooler for 4 days, using rubber gloves pulled the large chunks of eyes etc off. Then back in clean water for 4 days. Took it out today, hit it with hose and it is completely spotless. Going in degreaser soak here with 2 tank heaters. Degrease and then out in sun with peroxide. All bones completely intact.

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Re: Skull maceration [Re: 30338] #15326443 10/19/20
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I gave up and pressure washed the moose (the one in front). It came out ok, obviously lost a lot of the fine bones.

Still need to degrease and bleach and then find somewhere to put it, but at least it isn't sitting out in the weather anymore.

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Re: Skull maceration [Re: 30338] #15326507 10/19/20
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Moose antler configuration is a big problem. For moose I'd recommend beetles as the tank size would be like a small swimming pool. I tried as you know with the cooler and just couldn't get the water to hold around my inletting. Those 2 look great though!

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