Figured with all the hunters we have on here you all could get some use of some of my trial and error. **I'm not a taxidermist I'm just sharing what i do and if we have some on here feel free to chime in and add to this** What you'll need: Skull Big pot to boil (i use a canning pot from walmart) Fire Gloves and other PPE Needle nose pliers or some sort of picking tool After the hunt and during butchering I will removed the head at the last vertebrae. This can be difficult so take your time or use brute force but be careful not to hit the skull. Ive found that rotating the head around will give me an idea of where the vertebrae and skull junction is and that where i cut. Its a ball and socket sort of joint. Go slow and refer to animal bone anatomy pictures if needed. You'll get sticky clear fluid in the joint space that helps guide your cuts. If you are a good skinner go ahead and skin the head out. If not then wait as harsh knife cuts can show up on your end product. Once its cut off you can do several things. Go ahead and boil it out or freeze it and wait. I prefer to freeze it and wait for bug season. The brain and nerves are difficult to get out without significant rot or bug intervention. Once spring is sprung ill stake out the skull or put a bucket over it and let the bugs have at the inside stuff. If frozen ill let a week for it to thaw and another week to get gooey. This part can be smelly. You can lose your product to scavengers and other things so keep an eye on it. Once I feel it is half eaten on the inside ill start the boil. DO THIS OUTSIDE. Also, plan the day to do it. Ill run the fire big enough to have a rolling boil but not shooting up the sides as the antlers can get singed and darken. This will take patience and time. I boil for a few hours then pull it out on a table or trash bag and start picking at the soft half off tissue. If you did the rotting part right the brains and nerves will be gone and you wont have much to remove from inside the skull. You'll notice a thin layer of tissue over all of the bone that will boil off. The nose will have several sheets of cartilage on the outside that will come off. There are also sheets of mucosa IN the nose that will need to come out. Be careful or you will break the thin latices of bone in there. Go slow. Be careful of the small bones at the front of the skull as a good rolling boil can cause a bounce and fracture them off. Not a big deal as they can be glued back. Teeth as well can be glued back but Ive never had an issue there. The boney portion of the ear at the base of the skull will fall off during the boil or can be manipulated off. Those can be reattached or left off. This process is the time consuming part. Pick and boil. Once you've gotten all the soft tissue parts off ill wash the skull out with fresh water and keep looking for things Ive missed. There are a lot of nooks and crannies. Once all set ill let it dry outside for a few days. When its dry ill put a layer of satin polyurethane on it but thats not really necessary. There are recipes for bleach water and peroxide etc but i like the slightly yellow bone look. The brilliant white looks fake to me. Hey its your project do as you wish! Ill post more as i think of it and some pics if i can find em.