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    Does anyone know of someone that does good european mounts in or near Eagle River? I've got a dall sheep I want to get mounted. Thanks.

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    Have you talked to Fosters taxadermy out in the valley? I know their whole family is way into sheep hunting. Post pics once you get it back, i have been interested in getting a euro ram for quite some time now. You thinking about doing it with the lower jaw attached too?

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    No lower jaw, I took it off once I got into camp.

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    Why not do it yourself? There is a member here (in Anchorage) who has beetles. Get him to clean it for you and do the finish/mount yourself. My father in law has done several that have turned out great.
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    Do you know who the member is with the beetles? I didn't feel like messing with it, that's the only reason I was looking for someone else to do it for me.

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    AKpredator had them and he lives in Anchorage. Also, Bob Mardis at Action Anatomy Taxidermy in ER would be one to talk to.
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    Thanks for the leads Rob, will try and contact them and get this thing rolling.

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    I'd recommend Bob Mardis at Action Anatomy Taxidermy. I got two hog skulls that got cleaned by beetles and two bear hides and skull over there right now. He does great work and is a nice guy to boot. 360-6218

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    It's really fun and rewarding doing it yourself. I did my ram a few years ago with nothing but water, propane, dawn dish soap, bondo, hydrogen peroxide, some time and patience. I didn't bleach/peroxide mine out pure pure white. I just got it to where I like the way it looked. I like the way it turned out. It looks whiter in real life. The picture did something weird with the light.


    Soak it in a tub of water and every few days work the horns and trim around/under them a little. Eventually you will be able to pull them off. Bacteria forms in the water and loosens up flesh as well. Simmer the skull in a pot and get all the flesh off and out of every nook and cranny. The teeth will come out as well. Cut the cones off an inch or two from the skull. Just enough for the horns to go back on. Then, soak the skull in water and dawn dish soap for a few days changing the water each day. This will pull the grease out of the skull. Get some 50% hydrogen peroxide if you want, I just used the regular weak stuff though. I wrapped the skull in some cotton cloth and kept it saturated with the peroxide until it was as white as I wanted. Soak the base of the horns in water enough to soften up the bases so they will form fit on the skull. Stuff them on and let them dry. Then, get some bondo putty and glue the horns on and the teeth back in. I then bought the wood kit at SW, modified it some, drilled a hole in the bottom of the skull and screwed it on with a long wood screw. I put a white plastic sleeve around it between the skull and wood and voila!




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    Looks good Perry, nice work bud! I wish I had the time to try this method but I am just to busy hunting and working to mess with it. I'm leaving tomorrow morning on another moose hunt to help a friend find a bull and a goat hunt at the end of the month plus bears too and I don't want the skull stinking the place up while i'm away.

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    I have two caribou heads stinking up my back yard that I need to take care of pretty quickly. I'm going take one into the taxidermist to do a European mount and thought I might try to do the other one myself.

    A freind had a sheep European mounted by Bob Och at Alaskan Taxidermy Unlimited in Anchorage. It turned out great. I also have another co-worker who had a sheep shoulder mounted by Bob that turned out very nice.

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    Default Do Your Own European Mounts

    I have done 4 eur. mounts with whitetail deer. You will need a plastic container, place the head and antlers(horns) in the container and cover all of the head with sawdust.Get a container that will not smash the rack together as this will make the rack not as wide.I would say a large plastic tub for carbou,a 55 gallon plastic trash can for rams and sitka deer.Place the containers in the dry covered with a piece of tin.I usually put the heads in sawdust in Nov. and they are clean in April.The bugs clean the skull,brains and hair, and the sawdust controlls the smell.I used a wash pan with enough water to only cover the skull,but not touch the antlers.The antlers are covered with aluminum foil twice,very important,before being placed in the water that is to be heated to a boil.I used an old webber grill to heat the water and skull.Bring to a boil and slowly pour the hydrogen proxiced (2qts.)onto the skulls.I also use an old two inch paint brush to work the Hyd.Prox. in to the skull cavities to help remove any grease.The foil is to keep any fums from bleaching the rack.

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    Dropped off the sheep skull and moose at Bob Mardis' place, very nice guy and I like the way he does his skulls. One of the few taxidermist shops i've ever been in that didn't have that "smell". Mounts should be ready by Christmas.

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    Default Why cut cones?

    I have a winter kill that I want to euro mount. I'm curious about why you cut the cones, or why you worry about form fitting. Isn't it already form-fitted?

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    He is a good guy. He comes to the Alaska Trappers Fling and was nice and does good work.

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    Yep Bob is a great guy, I brought him a whole black bear to help me skin and we skinned it off of his back deck using a winch. Needless to say he taught me how to properly skin/flesh/turn a bear so that I never bring him a whole bear again to his house

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    Where is Bob Mardis located? Does he have a speciality area like rugs, or is he a good general taxidermist? My main taxidermist is semi-retired and only like to do shoulder mounts on smaller animals like sheep, goats and deer. I need to find someone who is good and who will handle larger stuff in case I need to have a rug done or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRaw View Post
    I have a winter kill that I want to euro mount. I'm curious about why you cut the cones, or why you worry about form fitting. Isn't it already form-fitted?
    After you soak the skull/horns and are able to pull the horns off the cones you will still have some work to do on the skull. Like degreasing and whitening. When you cut the cones off then liquid can flow through to help with degreasing. It also makes it easier to get the horns back on. During this time the horns will dry out and kind of shrink up a little around the bases. Once the skull is degreased and whitened then you can see how the horns will fit back on. I had to re-soak the horn bases to soften them up a little, shave off a little around the bases on the skull and then stick them on, brace them somehow and let them dry, then when you are happy with the fit bondo them on.

    I have only done one, maybe some guys have done them without cutting the cones, but from all I read it seems it's how it's usually done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chisana View Post
    Where is Bob Mardis located? Does he have a speciality area like rugs, or is he a good general taxidermist? My main taxidermist is semi-retired and only like to do shoulder mounts on smaller animals like sheep, goats and deer. I need to find someone who is good and who will handle larger stuff in case I need to have a rug done or something.

    Bob is in behind Greuning middle school in Eagle River. He pretty much covers the whole spread from euros to rugs and full body mounts. I have been very pleased with a sheep shoulder mount and several euros he has done for me. Give him a call at 360-6218

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    Snyd, hows the kerosene soak going?

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