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How to Bleach a Deer Skull Even if you’ve Never Done It Before



How to bleach a deer skull is something many people grapple with. So which is the best way to bleach a deer skull? I’ll delve into that shortly. The best part about hunting has to do with taking and cleaning trophies. Regardless of whether it’s a rack of a pelt or antlers, skulls make for remarkable talking pieces. Most deer hunters preferred white skull.

Bleaching a deer skull is an involving process. However, if you follow everything discussed here, you’ll be able to ultimately have a sparkling white that’ll make your hunting friends envy you.

The following is a step-by-step process on how you can bleach a deer skull:


Items you’ll need

Before getting started, you must gather everything needed. Here are the things you need for this project:

  1. Deer head
  2. Hydrogen peroxide (At least 6% concentration)
  3. Sharp skinning or hunting knife
  4. A large pot
  5. Spray on a clear coat
  6. Optional – Log or plaque

How to bleach a deer skull – 5 steps

Step 1: Cleaning the skull

The primary thing to do is skin and scrap the skull. Use a saw to remove the head. Next, remove the eyes. A sharp knife makes the skinning process easy. Your main goal is to skin as much as you can without harming the skull in any visual manner. Consequently, avoid scratching the bones at all cost.


Step 2: Boiling

After doing the rough cleaning, it’s time to boil the skull. Start by adding calcium carbonate to water in the ration of ¼-cup water gallon. Put treated water into a rolling boil. Nonetheless, avoid adding the skull into the water at this level.

Remember to allow temperature levels to come down to a simmer. Place the skull inside the water for roughly thirty minutes. Scrape it again. This time round, the hair and flesh ought to come off easily.

Use a hose to remove the brain and nasal tissues. After that, boil for another 20 minutes or so. Avoid over-boiling. Doing that can loosen the teeth, damage the jaw or leave unintended side effects that’ll make the trophy less attractive.


Step 3: Peroxide whitening

Before this step, ensure your skull is completely dry. Allow it to dry until it doesn’t have any moisture at all. Refrain from high hydrogen peroxide concentrations as they damage the skull. Mix peroxide with water in the ratio of 50:50. Allow the mixture to soak until it achieves your desired brightness levels. You’ll notice the bone drying out and looking relatively lighter compared to when it’s wet. The process takes some few days. However, don’t forget about your skull. Making it overstay will damage it immensely.

Step 4: Apply a spray of Clear coat lacquer

After drying off the hydrogen peroxide, you can apply a spray of clear coat lacquer to maintain the stunning finish of your skull. Of course, the finish you desire depends on your personal preferences. For instance, I prefer matte finish to give my skull an untouched and sun-bleached look. Others prefer a satin or gloss finish, which boasts an attractive finished skull compared to a skull that’s been altered post-bleaching.


Doing that not only gives your skill a gorgeous finish, it also prevents things such as mold from harming it. It’ll also keep air from yellowing your skull.

Step 5: Mounting (optional)

Some hunters prefer the Euro-mount style kind of mounting after bleaching their skulls. With this style, the skull is placed on a plaque that’s parallel to the wall. The skull must face downwards for it to display the rack.

Other hunters use a belt sander to level the skull’s bottom. A belt sander is also handy at ensuring a flush mount to maintain an ideal angle. All you need to do is run two screws via the plaque’s back and to the skull. Be careful about the placement and length since you do not want things to bulge.


Do you want a more creative mount? You can achieve one by slicing a log’s front piece and including the bark. After that, screw the skull on and then reattach the log’s front to achieve a

round ‘post’ style.

Check out this ariticle to learn more about How to Process a Deer in 5 Easy Steps



Did you enjoy reading this tutorial? I really hope you did. Having written many articles revolving around this topic, I’ve got to admit that the topic has a special place in my heart. That should also be the case on your part. Do you have other ways of bleaching a deer skull? If yes, feel free to share your ideas in the comments section below. Did you love this primer? Why not share it with the rest of the world? Doing so will ensure many people receive the help they need regarding the topic.

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