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    I am looking for someone that uses beetles to clean skulls for European mounts in the anchorage or wasilla area. I saw something posted on here about a week ago but can't seem to find it now.

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    Default cleaning skulls with beetles

    What do you need cleaned?

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    If its a bear skull, you may want to think about maceration instead. It does a much better job of degreasing during the process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brule View Post
    If its a bear skull, you may want to think about maceration instead. It does a much better job of degreasing during the process.
    A European mounted bear?... You guys in WI are weird!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aknater View Post
    A European mounted bear?... You guys in WI are weird!!
    Whats wrong with having a bear skull cleaned? I have a few of them sitting on my tv stand and think they look great.

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    I like bear skulls too, but to actually have them mounted seems strange to me... Maybe I'm the weird one? Most that I've seen have just been the skull itself sitting on the fireplace or shelf...

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    Do a google search and you wil find a couple people using the beetles. The biggest is in Kodiak and he does great work. He also supplies a lot of the beetles in this area. There are many ways to do a skull and the beetles are one of the best. Someone who knows how to do them will know how to handle the degreasing of them.

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    there is a guy on ebay selling beetle kits pretty cheap its always a option

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    http://i.ebayimg.com/t/ONE-LARGE-BOB...2hg~~60_57.JPG love how this skull mount looks

    here is the link to the beetle kits

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=...tles&_osacat=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by aknater View Post
    I like bear skulls too, but to actually have them mounted seems strange to me... Maybe I'm the weird one? Most that I've seen have just been the skull itself sitting on the fireplace or shelf...
    Thats all I have done with mine, but I have seen one on here that was mounted and looked real good, then again it was a big grizzly done up with the jaws open.

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    Bugs and Bones in Kodiak sells starter kits of beetles as well for very cheap.

    If you use beetles or maceration to clean a skull you still have to degrease it or it will turn yellow on you and the grease leeches to the surface. Proper degreasing takes a LONG TIME like months. Brown and grizzly bears are harder to get degreased than black bears are.

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    "You guys in WI are weird!" What do you expect, we live on cheese and beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aknater View Post
    I like bear skulls too, but to actually have them mounted seems strange to me... Maybe I'm the weird one? Most that I've seen have just been the skull itself sitting on the fireplace or shelf...
    It's pretty common to have them mounted on a panel...can hang on a wall or sit on a table.

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    I was looking for someone that could do a moose with beetles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akhunter83 View Post
    I was looking for someone that could do a moose with beetles.
    Good luck with that one! That would take a serious beetle container to handle a set of moose antlers.

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    Mat-Su Beetle Taxidermy located in Wasilla. They are skull guys doing everything with beetles. They can handle caribou and moose. Call Phil at 907-355-6451.

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    Just drop your skull in a shrimp or crab basket for a 24 hr soak in the Prince William Sound. The sea lice love flesh and will do quick work on a skull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powderhound View Post
    Just drop your skull in a shrimp or crab basket for a 24 hr soak in the Prince William Sound. The sea lice love flesh and will do quick work on a skull.
    Yep I did that with a lynx skull this year. Clean as a whistle after 2 days. Degrease and bleach = done.
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