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Post Posted: 09:01pm - Nov 22,16 
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Cheapest price I found to do a skull mount was close to $200. Anybody do this for a hobby? I have two I'd like done.

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Post Posted: 06:06am - Nov 23,16 
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My son does them not sure on cost. I sent you a pic and info on another site.

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Post Posted: 08:16am - Nov 23,16 
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I'm doing mine right now. Plenty of youtube videos on it. Very easy. Or use the kit from Mountain Mike's.

http://www.basspro.com/Mountain-Mikes-R ... _connexity

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Post Posted: 09:37am - Nov 23,16 
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For a couple of bucks (pun not intended) and some scrap wood/paint, a DIY plaster paris mount is fairly easy, inexpensive and comes out looking nice. I've done this on two different bucks already and will do it again on any others that I don't want a full mount of. You can find plenty of videos on YouTube explaining how to do this. Does take some time but worth it in my opinion.

Here's how mine came out:
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Post Posted: 10:45am - Nov 23,16 
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There is a difference between a European mount and a skull cap mount. Much more work goes into a real European full skull mount. The thread was asking about a European mount?

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Post Posted: 11:54am - Nov 23,16 
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Donna Marie wrote:
There is a difference between a European mount and a skull cap mount. Much more work goes into a real European full skull mount. The thread was asking about a European mount?



Just thought I'd offer another suggestion in case the OP was interested in some options.

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Post Posted: 07:05pm - Nov 23,16 
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no place near Chicago but I hunt near Ramsey Illinois and our crew ALWAYS uses Buck's taxidermy in Ramsey Illinois. No seriously, Buck is his real name. We've had shoulder mounts , euro mounts, cap mounts all extremely satisfied. And very reasonably priced. not a fancy place. Actually far from it but we're always looking for the next reason to go back. As others I'm sure, he'll offer you a free or greatly discounted (cant remember exactly which) antler mount if you give him a usable cape.

https://www.facebook.com/Bucks-taxiderm ... 515565834/

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Post Posted: 07:55pm - Nov 23,16 
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Thanks for all the suggestions everybody! Not sure cooking a couple of deer heads on the stove top is gonna fly with the wife. Could try the burial thing and let nature take care of it, but it'd be my luck that a squirrel or something would chew up the antlers.

Oh, I liked the pun. Reminded me of a joke.......Did the doe have any money? yeah, a couple of bucks! LOL.

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Post Posted: 09:41am - Nov 24,16 
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Don Winnie , in Mokena did one for me ,,, I think it was about $100 ,,, Nicely done too ...

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Post Posted: 10:06am - Nov 24,16 
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Had breakfast at Ramsey Cafe, real good breakfast and a local hangout. That state park also has some good panfish Fishing.

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Post Posted: 12:26pm - Nov 25,16 
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Triggerfinger wrote:
Thanks for all the suggestions everybody! Not sure cooking a couple of deer heads on the stove top is gonna fly with the wife. Could try the burial thing and let nature take care of it, but it'd be my luck that a squirrel or something would chew up the antlers.

Oh, I liked the pun. Reminded me of a joke.......Did the doe have any money? yeah, a couple of bucks! LOL.


Sounds like the kit from Mt Mike's would be for you. All you need is a hacksaw to remove your antlers and a powerdrill to drill a hole in each antler to mount to the supplied plastic skull. They make the plastic skull in white, camo, snow camo and pink camo. White is cheapest and camo versions cost more.

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Post Posted: 06:52pm - Nov 25,16 
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Bulldawg-

I looked into that and think that's a good idea too. Weighing my options. Thanks for the tip.

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Post Posted: 10:04pm - Nov 29,16 
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I hope the head is frozen! I've done a bunch over the years using flesh eating beetles, let me know if you're still looking. The one I put in last Wednesday took a couple days for the beetles to clean off, hopefully one day to whiten & a few more to dry. I've got pics of the process, pm me a cell # & I can send them to you. If the head is rotting, I wont mess with it. I'm in the south burbs, contact me via pm if I can help you out.

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Post Posted: 08:23pm - Nov 30,16 
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Not sure if you found a place but I send all of a mine to a guy in Wisconsin that has a bunch of colonies of beetles. I think he does close to 5000 deer heads a year. Pretty simple, pack it up in a tote, send it via Fedex/USPS/UPS frozen and get it back a couple months later completely done. I've done 5 or so with him and always very happy and with tote/shipping/cost of the beetles I think the most I pay is $80 to $90 total. Much better than doing them myself. I did 2 and won't do it again, easier to just send them off and get them back a couple months later done perfect.

Let me know if you want his information, he has a website and I'll look it up.

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Post Posted: 08:31am - Dec 1,16 
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I took my son's deer head to TK European Mounts outside of Boscobel, Wisconsin. He charges only $50 and another $30 for a nice piece of hardwood to put it on. He has an informative website if you want more information.

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Post Posted: 12:51pm - Dec 1,16 
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Here is the one I talking about.

http://www.european-skull-mounts.com

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Post Posted: 06:44pm - Dec 1,16 
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Thanks everybody for the tips. I have two Mountain Mikes kits coming to me in the mail. I watched the process on YouTube. Seems pretty straightforward. Will post how it turned out.

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