There is nothing that compares to that time spent in the outdoors. So, what’s a better way to remember a hunt and honor the wildlife you have harvested than proudly displaying that animal in your home. A European skull mount (euro mount) is such a cool way to do that! If you have never cleaned your own skull and always wanted to or if you do it all the time, I hope this helps you out and gives you some extra tips. **Disclaimer: I am not a professional taxidermist; I just really enjoy cleaning wildlife skulls. This is the method I use/what works for me, and hopefully, it’ll help you too. This method also works the same for cap mounts and any other wildlife skull you want to clean.
Burner: I use a portable one that you can use for boiling turkeys
Cooking Pot: Get a pot that is deep enough to fit a deer skull
Dish Soap: Dawn soap works best to cut the oil/grease. Fun fact: Sunlight soap works great for getting blood off of hides
Long tongs: To get the lower jaw or smaller skulls out of the boiling pot
Nitrile gloves: I use these throughout the whole process
Tweezers: A larger and smaller set of utility or surgical tweezers
Wire: A good-sized piece of coat hanger works well
Stiff Bristle Brush: Not a wire or metal brush, as that could scratch the skull
Vaseline or Plastic Wrap with Tape or Tinfoil
Container or Small Tub: One that is deep enough to lay the skull in to submerge it in liquid hydrogen peroxide, if that’s the whitening process you choose. The container can also serve as a place for you to rest the skulls you have wrapped in the hydrogen peroxide cream.
Continue reading, GWG Clothing: How To Clean A European Mount by GWG Clothing Ambassador, Annalise Castle here.
Find out how to use your European mount to decorate your home here.