Best skull cleaning company?
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Contributors to this thread:
DonVathome 09-Aug-22
molsonarcher 09-Aug-22
cnelk 09-Aug-22
cnelk 09-Aug-22
Scrappy 09-Aug-22
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Grey Ghost 09-Aug-22
cnelk 09-Aug-22
Quinn @work 09-Aug-22
Grey Ghost 09-Aug-22
cnelk 09-Aug-22
Grey Ghost 09-Aug-22
cnelk 09-Aug-22
Lost Arra 09-Aug-22
AaronShort 09-Aug-22
PushCoArcher 09-Aug-22
Grey Ghost 09-Aug-22
Jaquomo 09-Aug-22
DonVathome 09-Aug-22
molsonarcher 09-Aug-22
DonVathome 09-Aug-22
Lost Arra 09-Aug-22
Mule Power 09-Aug-22
GFL 09-Aug-22
midwest 09-Aug-22
t-roy 09-Aug-22
Grey Ghost 09-Aug-22
drycreek 09-Aug-22
Jim McNamara 09-Aug-22
Grey Ghost 09-Aug-22
JohnMC 09-Aug-22
Zbone 09-Aug-22
Grey Ghost 10-Aug-22
Ucsdryder 10-Aug-22
Grey Ghost 10-Aug-22
DonVathome 10-Aug-22
Mule Power 10-Aug-22
SBH 10-Aug-22
wytex 10-Aug-22
tinman 10-Aug-22
30338 10-Aug-22
Ron Niziolek 10-Aug-22
Ucsdryder 10-Aug-22
Grey Ghost 10-Aug-22
DonVathome 23-Aug-22
BOWUNTR 23-Aug-22
LBshooter 23-Aug-22
cnelk 23-Aug-22
From: DonVathome
09-Aug-22
Who do you recommend to send a skull for cleaning? Cow bison if it matters.

From: molsonarcher
09-Aug-22
MOA in Conesville does a pretty darn good job Don. Ive seen alot of their work while measuring, and i would be pleased with it. If i get a mt. lion this year thats where i will be sending the skull

From: cnelk
09-Aug-22

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Rocky Mountain Head Hunters in Northern Colorado

From: cnelk
09-Aug-22

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From: Scrappy
09-Aug-22

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I absolutely get the best end results out in my garage. Once you figure out how to do it right then there is really no one that can do it better.

Sorry this is not the info you were seeking.

09-Aug-22
Skulls International

09-Aug-22
Sorry Skulls Unlimited

From: Grey Ghost
09-Aug-22
I’m with Scrappy, Euro mounts are pretty easy to do yourself.

Matt

From: cnelk
09-Aug-22
Obviously some of you have never done a Buffalo skull

From: Quinn @work
09-Aug-22
^^^^ Agree Cnelk. (but to change the topic, that's a trophy mop you got hanging next to your skulls!)

Skulls Unlimited if you don't have a local beetle guy.

From: Grey Ghost
09-Aug-22
What’s unique about a Buffalo skull? Is it just the size, or something else that makes them more difficult than, say, a bull elk skull?

Matt

From: cnelk
09-Aug-22
^^^ pulling the horns off, and they have a lot of grease in the skull. Takes a long time.

Matt at Rocky Mtn Head Hunters has done the #1 World Record PNY Brown Bear skull. He’s not just some smuck that boils heads in his garage

From: Grey Ghost
09-Aug-22

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Yeah, only a “smuck” would boil a skull in a garage. That stuff stinks! Always boil them outdoors, if you can. :-)

A combination of Dawn dishwashing soap and Oxi Clean works well to prevent the greases from staining the skull.

Matt

From: cnelk
09-Aug-22

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Keep up the good work pilgrim. You’ll get there

From: Lost Arra
09-Aug-22

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Skulls Unlimited without question. I've done the skull stew method but I'm fortunate to be 30 minutes from Skulls Unlimited so shipping is not a factor for me. No one cleans more skulls and skeletons. If there could be a criticism it's their skulls are almost too perfect, museum quality work.

From: AaronShort
09-Aug-22
they have actually horns...not antlers. You have to pull the sheaths and clean, then reattach.

From: PushCoArcher
09-Aug-22

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Another vote for skulls unlimited. I normally do my own euros but had them do my first antelope buck because I was worried about screwing it up. They do quality work.

From: Grey Ghost
09-Aug-22

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Thanks, I’ve been pleased with my end results. The key is to add more Dawn and Oxi Clean when it stops foaming up. And don’t over simmer, or they’ll get brittle. 3 hours is about right for an elk skull. After that a light power wash will remove the remaining tissue. I like the bleached look, so I soak mine in 40 volume peroxide cream for 4-5 days after simmering and cleaning.

Matt

From: Jaquomo
09-Aug-22
Another vote for Rocky Mountain Headhunters if you aren't up to the hassle of DIY.

From: DonVathome
09-Aug-22
Thanks guys! I have nothing against some hard work but every time I consider boiling a skull myself I look into it and very quickly change my mind :-)

From: molsonarcher
09-Aug-22
Don, I’ve done plenty of skulls at home. They really aren’t that bad. Put the bison skull in a black garbage bag for a couple days and the sheaths will pop off. Then simmer like Greyghost says, Powerwash, and peroxide. A couple hours work and all done.

From: DonVathome
09-Aug-22
Thank guys! Skulls unlimited says I need to clean brains out, and I believe also cape it out? I am hoping to send in a whole head and do nothing except freeze & ship from WY. This frees up baggage for bringing meat home.

From: Lost Arra
09-Aug-22

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Do CWD requirements (no brain or spinal cord) carry over to bison or maybe all animals?

I added a link to Mike Rowe visiting Skulls Unlimited

From: Mule Power
09-Aug-22
If you think they’re easy you aren’t doing them the way I prefer them.

Big Sky Beetleworks Stevensville Montana

From: GFL
09-Aug-22

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I do my own

From: midwest
09-Aug-22
Rocky Mountain Head Hunters, CO. Matt is a good dude.

From: t-roy
09-Aug-22
I WOULD recommend Scrappy’s Skull Emporium, but he seems to keep relocating….

From: Grey Ghost
09-Aug-22
Thank guys! Skulls unlimited says I need to clean brains out, and I believe also cape it out?

Seems reasonable to me. Do you have an issue with that? Or are you used to having someone else do all the dirty work for you?

Matt

From: drycreek
09-Aug-22
I clean mine as best I can and then give them to my buddy to finish. He does a great job. In turn, I plant his food plots on the lease we’re on together. YouTube is your friend.

From: Jim McNamara
09-Aug-22
Buffalo are a lot of work if you want real nice results. Some guys are ok with a little grease or staining. Most taxidermists have connections to a beetle cleaner. If they are any good it will come back cleaned and well degreased. Fresh most skulls look fine but months and years down the road makes a difference if it's not done right.

From: Grey Ghost
09-Aug-22
The notion that beetles and some “secret potions” are the only way to do a quality stain-free and stink-free Euro mount cracks me up.

Matt

From: JohnMC
09-Aug-22
Sheep hunting must being going tough if you don't have anything better to do than degrading someone over them preferring to have someone else do their euro mount.

From: Zbone
09-Aug-22

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Don - There's a young guy with nice young family not too far from you I found last year and he did my skull (photo attached) from last season... I dropped it off with hide on and brains in... Took just a little less than 4 months...

He did a great job, (best I ever had done) he left all the natural antler colors... He not really a taxidermist, and seems to just work out of his garage only doing skulls, maybe tan hides I think is how he got started, charged me only $125... Nice guy....

He's located a couple miles or so just east of Canton-Akron Airport, near Boettler Park easily accessible off I77 probably around 10 minutes off I77 exits... He has a North Canton address, if you need it message me, but can be contacted off his future web address: beetlesandbones.com

From: Grey Ghost
10-Aug-22
Thanks for your continued concern about my hunt, John. That means a lot to me. I'd be happy to give you a personal update, if you really care.

Matt

From: Ucsdryder
10-Aug-22
Matt, I think his point is that you came across like an asshole in this thread. Not sure if it was intentional or not, but that’s how it came across to me as well. Not taking sides and I don’t have a dog in the fight, saying how I see it.

From: Grey Ghost
10-Aug-22
Fair enough. My apologies to anyone I offended.

Matt

From: DonVathome
10-Aug-22
GG I have done successful solo diy AK moose, in a bone in area. Clearly I have no problems doing the dirty work myself. I am curious how you expect me to clean a bison skull from my hotel in Jackson during peak ski season without drawing negative attention to hunters?

My plan is to use all my baggage for DELICIOUS cow bison meat and mail the skull from Jackson WY.

Thanks to everyone else!!!

From: Mule Power
10-Aug-22
With beetles the work is in maintaining beetle colonies. A person isn’t going to do that year round just to clean a couple skulls a year. So you take it to someone who does. And there’s no way a human can possibly clean a skull on the inside as thoroughly as dermestid beetles.

From: SBH
10-Aug-22
J2 taxidermy outside of Manhattan, MT has beetles and does good work. Not too far to ship or even drive over if had the time and can't find anyone closer.

From: wytex
10-Aug-22
Don that cow bison will be large, not sure flying to meat will work. I would call Matt's Meats and talk with him about the amount of meat you'll have.

Skinner Skull Shop might be closer to Jackson. https://www.skinnersskullshop.com/

From: tinman
10-Aug-22
Artiodactyla in Indian Hills, Colorado.

From: 30338
10-Aug-22
Second that. In my experience locally here in Denver area, Artiodactyla does fantastic work. And I clean quite a few a year myself and for friends. But on buffalo or bear, or even moose, I'd go to them.

From: Ron Niziolek
10-Aug-22
For anyone in Wyoming or northern Colorado, I recommend Snowy Range Creations in Laramie. Quality people and quality results.

From: Ucsdryder
10-Aug-22
Hard to beat Rocky Mountain head hunters. Matt is a great dude.

From: Grey Ghost
10-Aug-22
Don, I’ve never “cleaned” a skull from a hotel room, so I can’t answer your question. I’ve caped and de-brained a lot of skulls where I killed the animal, though. Never had an issue with bunny huggers that way.

Matt I

From: DonVathome
23-Aug-22
Thanks guys! Do you guys get the brains out before you ship?

From: BOWUNTR
23-Aug-22

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https://youtu.be/LwprH1BP_qE

There are some jerks on this site... Ed F

23-Aug-22
To all you guys posting pics of antlered heads: You do know there's a difference between horns and antlers, right? ;)

From: LBshooter
23-Aug-22
A friend of mine buries his skull and let's the bugs do there job then takes it out and finishes it off. I've seen another guy use a pressure washer to clean and then boil. Seems fairly simple once you get the hang. Might try it myself this year if I get a skull.

From: cnelk
23-Aug-22

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Best not take a pressure washer to a turkey skull. Another fine product from Rocky Mtn Head Hunters.

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