Monday, September 28, 2009

Boiling Head Bones

With all the hot water leftover from canning grape juice, we decided to FINALLY clean up the deer skull we got back in 2007.

It still has some hair and meat on the skull, and boiling it for 20 minutes or so really helps take it all off and clean it up.

Its a nice mule deer we got out in Wyoming.

Here you can see we simply submerge it and let it stew...

Don't boil skulls with teeth in them - it will loosen the teeth and they will fall out.

I like the "European" style of cutting off horns - through the skull to leave the top of it on with the horns. Hopefully this fall we have some nice examples to show how to do it!