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Old 09-19-2005, 08:12 PM
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Last year I scalped the deer I killed and put the antlers in the garage like I have in previous years. I cleaned them up before putting them there. However, a couple of weeks later my garage smelled like something died in it. I eventually had to peel the fur and skin off the antlers to get rid of the funk.

How do you treat antlers so they don't stink. is there some trick or something that you do to avoid this?
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Old 09-19-2005, 08:17 PM
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if you cut the skin and hair off leavign just the skull plate you can boin it with bakink soda but you cant do it to long or u risk the skull plate cracking just check every 10 mins you'll know when its done, leaves it with absolutely no smell and perfectly white.
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Old 09-19-2005, 08:28 PM
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you have to clean all the fur and skin and meat off. That stuff rots.

If you want to do an antler mount using the actual fur from the deer instead of leather or felt, the hide has to be tanned first so it won't rot.
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Old 09-19-2005, 08:40 PM
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You said you cleaned them......how? Skin ,meat, blood will decompose and stink.........boil bones....... Leave them outside in the air to cure
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Old 09-19-2005, 08:51 PM
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you soak it in baking soda and water?

how do you cure it? boil it? or just leave it outside?
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Old 09-20-2005, 03:45 PM
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I let the antlers soak in bleach for 2-3 hours, it works every time.
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Old 09-20-2005, 03:53 PM
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Boil in bleech

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Old 09-20-2005, 04:44 PM
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Old 09-21-2005, 02:09 PM
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Down south you can put the antlers on a fire ant mound. They (the ants) will pick it clean. If you aren't that fortunate you must skin and clean it then boil (outdoors cause it gets stinky) till it's clean.
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Old 09-21-2005, 07:42 PM
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Right,I use the ant trick,works every time.Be sure and cover the antlers of a dog or something might drag it off.
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