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    Default Bear skull & mandible damage

    Dug up a bear skull a few weeks ago. The bear was from BC in May 2015. Surprised to see the mandible injury. Looks like it happened some time ago. The bone was really affected.








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    looks like he had a severe infection that started eating the bone. that happened to me with an abscessed tooth and to a dog I had with one as well
    Rob & Diane Richardson
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    BC. What did you use to whiten the skull? If peroxide how long did you soak and how many times? I've got a deer skull barrier trying to do the same thing.

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    dollar store peroxide is only 3% but will do the trick, the more expensive food grade 35% can be found at health food stores, but it's costly.
    Bear skulls first need about 4-6 days in a grease pulling agent like a dawn dish soap mixture. Some use white gas. After that is done (never had to do that for a deer) a peroxide bath for up to a week for bears, a little less for deer. keep the H202 away from sunlight and give it access to O2. It can be a challenge keeping the antlers away from the peroxide. Hope that helps. BCB

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    Thanks should be very helpful.

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    Fixed blade, check out this thread PaulNH did a while back it covers the whole process well. Should be a sticky thread.

    http://www.huntingchat.net/forum/sho...ght=euro+mount

    The only things I do differently are I cut the back of the skull off to scoop out the brains and I use electrical tape to tape the antlers and keep the peroxide mixture off of them, seems to wrap tighter. The powder and gel are found at Sally Beauty in the blue mall off Dorset street. I bought a quart and the small pail of powder, I do a few a year and that quantity will last me a long time.

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    Thanks 802-603. I do remeber reading Pauls process now that you mention it.

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