Slightly stinky Euro

Dougfirtree

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I know this has come up before, but I'd really appreciate some experienced perspectives.

I tried my first Euro this Spring and I will admit that the head had been frozen for quite a while and then dried out for a while after skinning, so not a pristine start to the process.

I just finished the peroxide step and it looks great (maybe not as white as some I've seen, but not bad), but it still stinks if you stick your nose up against it. I have given it enough boiling and powerwashing attention, that I don't think it's stinking because there's a chunk of meat left in there. I think the smell is just in the bone. (It smells like the water did after I boiled the flesh off). I'm thinking I may peroxide it again, just to whiten it up a bit more and see if it takes down the smell, but I'd be interested in other opinions on how to cut the stink. My process below:

Thanks!

1. Skinned head
2. Boiled in water with a bit of dish soap
3. Power washed
4. Let it soak for a day in cool water because there was some pretty stubborn flesh left on it.
5. Boiled again in water to get the last of the flesh loosened up
6. Power washed again
7. Dried
8. Gave it a good rub down with warm soapy water
9. Dried
10. Painted on a bunch of 40v peroxide goop for hair, covered in saran wrap, let sit for 2.5 days
11. Washed off the goop, dried.
 

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In my experience, that’s fairly normal. I can often smell a little something for a week or so after it’s finished, but it goes away pretty quickly. There is a small amount of tissue inside the various sinus cavities and such that you just won’t be able to get out.

I often spray the skull (not the antlers or horns) with a light coat of clear satin spray paint. That seems to help with minor odors too.
 

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Been some years...I would submerge the head in liquid peroxide for a couple of days(up to the base of the horns).
Full penetration inside and out.
 

Corn king 60

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I used to use the sally beauty stuff but have gone to this method.everything much the same way you did except I usually a lot enough time to go start to finish so as no drying out issues or I put them back in the freezer. But my bleaching process is boiling in hydrogen peroxide one part peroxide to three parts water for 20-30 minutes.very bright and no stink
 

OntarioHunter

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I suggest making a paste from 40 vol beautician peroxide and Clairol whitening powder, painting it on, covering with plastic wrap, and leaving overnight before rinsing thoroughly. If you can set it out in the sun, that will greatly assist bleaching. As will painting on paste when skull is hot out of boiling bath. The beauticians 40 vol we use is scented with some kind of perfume which helps greatly.

I agree with above. Don't worry too much about it. Unless the skull stinks up the whole room, it should outgas fairly rapidly. And do be careful to remove as much of the deep nasal membrane as possible. Can be a real stink repository. This is especially important for moose euros. Incredible how much gunk can be stashed up their big schnozzes. Also, carefully inspect the brain cavity. Easy to miss some stuff in there (though power washer is usually very thorough).
 

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In my experience, that’s fairly normal. I can often smell a little something for a week or so after it’s finished, but it goes away pretty quickly. There is a small amount of tissue inside the various sinus cavities and such that you just won’t be able to get out.

I often spray the skull (not the antlers or horns) with a light coat of clear satin spray paint. That seems to help with minor odors too.

I found some clearcoat that is chalk finish (flatter than flat) it turns out pretty nice.
 
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