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Old spike head...what did I get myself into

MTelkHuntress

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So while working on my buck euro, my dad casually mentions that he has a spike head in the garage that's been wrapped up for 30 years. I always vaguely knew there was some sort of antlered skull in the garage but I never really knew what it was. He then goes on to say that he initially meant to maybe try to euro it himself, but it was frozen from when he dragged it off the mountain. He didn't have much time to work on it so he got what meat and hide he could off, wrapped it in a trash bag and tape and then proceeded to forget about it for the next 30 years. He didn't take the eyeballs out....or the brain. I was a little worried to take this project on....but I figure it's better than letting it sit in the garage any longer. He didn't really remember too many details about his hunt. He shot the spike with his rifle and proceeded to quarter it up and drag it out on a sled. He knew he couldn't make it out before dark in the two feet of snow so he decided to leave the sled and come back in the morning. He wanted to save the elk hide and so he put it on top of the sled to cover it. When he came back in the morning, a mountain lion had actually stolen the hide as he could see the tracks in the snow.
There's a lot of family memories on the mountain where he shot this spike so it is kind of an extra special project.

I could see a small hole in the bag where bugs had gotten in...I was a little worried what would be on the inside.
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So. Many. Dead. Bugs. The skull didn't gross me out but the bugs sure did.
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I'm not quite sure how I'm going to tackle this skull but so far I've just been soaking it in water and getting more hide off.
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Corn king 60

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So while working on my buck euro, my dad casually mentions that he has a spike head in the garage that's been wrapped up for 30 years. I always vaguely knew there was some sort of antlered skull in the garage but I never really knew what it was. He then goes on to say that he initially meant to maybe try to euro it himself, but it was frozen from when he dragged it off the mountain. He didn't have much time to work on it so he got what meat and hide he could off, wrapped it in a trash bag and tape and then proceeded to forget about it for the next 30 years. He didn't take the eyeballs out....or the brain. I was a little worried to take this project on....but I figure it's better than letting it sit in the garage any longer. He didn't really remember too many details about his hunt. He shot the spike with his rifle and proceeded to quarter it up and drag it out on a sled. He knew he couldn't make it out before dark in the two feet of snow so he decided to leave the sled and come back in the morning. He wanted to save the elk hide and so he put it on top of the sled to cover it. When he came back in the morning, a mountain lion had actually stolen the hide as he could see the tracks in the snow.
There's a lot of family memories on the mountain where he shot this spike so it is kind of an extra special project.

I could see a small hole in the bag where bugs had gotten in...I was a little worried what would be on the inside.
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So. Many. Dead. Bugs. The skull didn't gross me out but the bugs sure did.
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I'm not quite sure how I'm going to tackle this skull but so far I've just been soaking it in water and getting more hide off.
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Boil it with dawn dish soap (low simmer) for half hour. Power washer 3000 to 3500 psi . I do deer heads and use the O degree nozzle
biggest problem with yours is getting that stuff softened up for pressure washer to off
 

Carl 9.3x62

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Yummy....or mummy, haha. I'd say soak it for while to softe up whatever tissue and hide is left, then maybe simmer it for a bit and hose it off. Shouldn't be too difficult. Fun project.
 

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