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Old 09-06-2008, 08:41 AM   #1
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Default Beetle cleaning of skulls?

Anyone know of a local buisness or someone who has these type of beetles?

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Old 09-06-2008, 08:59 AM   #2
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i boil my skulls for 20 min then pick the meat off then keep repeting tell it is clean. Then boil it in bleach water, you just dont want to boil it longer then 2o min at a time because it will crack the skull. It takes about a hour and looks good. but i dont know any one that has beetles.
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Old 09-06-2008, 09:04 AM   #3
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Over here in Bend, we just tie to a tree, and set it on top of a ant hill, and in about 2 to 4 weeks, all you have left is the skull clean, good luck.
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Old 09-06-2008, 09:28 AM   #4
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never boil a skull in bleach. You'll deteriorate the bone and it will eventually fall apart. Simmer the skull in hot water in the 20 minute intervals with some sal soda and pick the meat off. Do this until you get it all clean.

If you want to whiten, use hydrogen peroxide (3% over the counter works just fine). Depending on how big of a skull will depend on how much you need.



The nearest beetle guy that I know who does it professionally is skull doctor in Cave Junction. I think they have a website, do a search for it.

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Old 09-06-2008, 11:18 AM   #5
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[quote=osulogger;2162475]never boil a skull in bleach. You'll deteriorate the bone and it will eventually fall apart. Simmer the skull in hot water in the 20 minute intervals with some sal soda and pick the meat off. Do this until you get it all clean.

If you want to whiten, use hydrogen peroxide (3% over the counter works just fine). Depending on how big of a skull will depend on how much you need.



The nearest beetle guy that I know who does it professionally is skull doctor in Cave Junction. I think they have a website, do a search for it.

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i have some skulls from 2 years ago that i boiled in bleach that still look good. maybe just got luckey
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:26 AM   #6
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Beacon Hill Biological/ Skullduggery-
Bob did a Pope and Young blacktail buck I killed last year and did an incredible job. Super friendly and super knowledgable, Bob does museum quality skulls for public and private professionals all over the world. As a retired biologist he really knows his stuff and seeing his workshop is worth the drive itself. Very good prices and I was very happy to meet him and learn of his skills. Check out his website I will be going there again this year hopefully when the tag is filled..........
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Old 09-06-2008, 03:37 PM   #7
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most every taxidermist has a beattle shop they use, some have their own. There is an outfit in Sandy, Bend, Cave Junction to name a few. Contact your taxidermist.

Naturual Instincts/Tim Brown uses the guy in Sandy I believe.

As a measurer, I recommend that you do NOT boil any skull that is a potential record book animal.

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Old 09-06-2008, 04:05 PM   #8
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The best in this area is Fred Hays. He does over 1000 skulls a year. He uses the "Beetle" technology.

As per AUP's, simply PM me for his phone number.

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Old 09-06-2008, 09:25 PM   #9
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never boil a skull in bleach. You'll deteriorate the bone and it will eventually fall apart. Simmer the skull in hot water in the 20 minute intervals with some sal soda and pick the meat off. Do this until you get it all clean.

If you want to whiten, use hydrogen peroxide (3% over the counter works just fine). Depending on how big of a skull will depend on how much you need.



The nearest beetle guy that I know who does it professionally is skull doctor in Cave Junction. I think they have a website, do a search for it.

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Old 09-06-2008, 09:41 PM   #10
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My last bull was buried up the bottom of the horns the garden for the winter, it worked fine but I didnít take the tag or so it left a ring. Next time I am going to get a cheap cat litter box put a couple inches of water in it and cover everything in a black plastic bag, then hydrogen peroxide, plaster to set the all thread make the plaque, then on the wall. love euro mounts.

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Old 09-07-2008, 08:02 AM   #11
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Beacon Hill Biological/ Skullduggery-
Bob did a Pope and Young blacktail buck I killed last year and did an incredible job. Super friendly and super knowledgable, Bob does museum quality skulls for public and private professionals all over the world. As a retired biologist he really knows his stuff and seeing his workshop is worth the drive itself. Very good prices and I was very happy to meet him and learn of his skills. Check out his website I will be going there again this year hopefully when the tag is filled..........
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:37 AM   #12
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Can't say enough good things about Skullduggery.
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