2023 Skull Cleaning Prices
Cleaning, Degreasing, and Whitening
Bear, Black* - $200
Bear, Grizzly* - $250
Bighorn Sheep - $250
Bison - $375
Boar, Pig, Javelina - $225
Deer - $200
Elk - $275
Mountain Goat - $200
Mountain Lion* - $175
Moose - $375
Pronghorn Antelope - $200
Small Game (bobcat, coyote, fox*) - $90
Turkey Tail Fan - $125
Turkey Fan w/ beard, wings, skull, feet - $250
Waterfowl - $80
Wolf* - $175
*Polymer seal to help prevent canine cracking - $80
Spoiled, Rotted, Maggot Infested - add 50%
Lower Jaw of Ungulates - $40-$60
Mummified/Deadhead - $100
Velvet Preservation - $100
Stain Antlers - $50
Rush Fee - $100
Plaques and displays in a variety of styles available at an additional cost.
Call for prices on species not listed
So you want a skull cleaned and European mounted to preserve your memories of the hunt?
European style mounts are a classic way to show off a trophy where the skull is stripped of all flesh and the bone is bleached white before hanging on a wall. Skull cleaning with Dermestid beetles is the method preferred by museums and professionals for over 100 years and is far superior to boiling. Unlike other methods like boiling, Dermestid beetles clean all the meat and tissue off of your skull without damaging delicate bone structure or causing undue shrinkage. Bone shrinkage is a major factor if you are considering B&C, P&Y, or SCI scoring records.
After skulls are beetle cleaned, we utilize several chemical techniques to remove grease and fat from the bone. Grease is the enemy of whitened skulls and a quality European mount. If not totally removed, fats will eventually leach back out of the bone causing it to yellow. Each skull is unique, some degrease rather quickly and others like black bears or wild pigs can take months to remove all the grease.
Finally, your skull will undergo a chemical whitening process that does not degrade the bone structure like household bleach. The whitened skull is then sealed with a water-based sealant to preserve the bone integrity. A thermo-plastic resin sealant is used for all predator skulls. We will get your skull as white as possible, however, the degree of whiteness will vary depending on several factors, including: condition of the specimen, age and species of the animal, and naturally occurring oils in the bone. We will not sacrifice quality for a quick turnaround time.
Important Note: The fresher the condition of your skull the better your finished skull will be. We recommend you properly skin your head as soon as possible and place in a freezer or deliver to us. To properly prepare a skull you must remove all the skin, meat, and tissue including brains, eye, and tongue. An extra fee is charged for any skulls not properly prepared. Heads that are spoiled and /or have maggots often end up with permanent stains that can't be removed. Please contact us in advance for shipping requirements.