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cut the skin off if u can if not boil it and then scrape it off
to get the skull plate to whiten keep it wet with peroxide and rags for a couple of days
Submerge ONLY THE HORNS in a bucket of strong bleach water then pull off skin with pliers (should come off easily)
Lance Waln, who I watched grow up from a kid to a great hunter and amateur taxidermist here in Virginia, helps us out. Lance says to cut as much skin off the skull plate as you can with your knife. Getting the skin away from the antler burr is tough sometimes; try a large flat-tip screwdriver and pry the skin away from the antler base. Use your knife to remove the last hairs that stick to the burrs. Skin as much meat/tissue as you can off the skull plate, then boil the skull in water for a few minutes. After that, the rest of the meat will flake off easily. After boiling, handle the skull carefully because it's very fragile until it's totally dry.
BTW, skull-plate and full-blown European mounts are in these days. Flip through the pages of Architectural Digest, Southern Living and the like, and you'll see white skulls/racks on walls, mantles, tables, etc. They're great decorations you bring home from the woods.--Online Editor
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