Professional Skull Cleaning *aka European Mount
Located in SE Aurora, just minutes from Denver, Colorado.
Professional Skull Mounting services and options available.

We clean and preserve wildlife skulls/bones and use professional methods that produce cleaner skulls with superior results.

Skull cleaning includes H202 whitening, skull sealing, antler/horn conditioner, optional D-Loop. We highly recommend basic skull preparation and cold storage. Fleshing fee for Removal/disposal of dried hide and/or excessive flesh greater than 10-lbs, includes: cape, carcass, hide, neck, vertebrae.

We use Dermestid Beetles to clean fresh harvest specimens, such as Bear, Lion, Coyote etc., including Pronghorn and select size Deer. All large antlered or horned skulls and skulls that do not fit our tanks or meet our beetle cleaning criteria are cleaned, degreased and sanitized, utilizing our hot maceration method, performed under controlled conditions.

Your trophy will be processed and finished by a licensed taxidermist that specializes in preserving wild animal skulls. We perform professional quality skull cleaning, custom skull mounting, artistic skull displays, skull restorations and repairs.

We "Safely Clean" potential trophy skulls for Pope & Young, Boone & Crockett and SCI record measurements.
Our beetle process minimizes skull shrinkage during the "Green Stage" (natural dry time of 60 days prior to measuring).

Donít risk boiling away critical inches, bone separation, skull damage and split canines to an amateur on Craigslist!
Deliver your skull and let us "Professionally & Safely Preserve" your trophy through our beetle cleaning process.


We have various skulls on display for comparison between, beetle cleaning and hot maceration cleaning methods.
We clean all Large Antlered skulls through our hot maceration process, proven to achieve quality results compatible to beetle cleaning. All Predators, Bears, Lions, Furbearers and select size skulls are preserved through our beetle cleaning process.

Skull Field Care
The quality of taxidermy begins with proper field care. Basic Skull Preparation and Cold Storage are Important steps.

Ideally, you will skin the animal and prepare it for processing and taxidermy services. Skulls should be game bagged and kept cold while in the field more than 12 hours.

We do not require you to completely skin or taxidermy prepare the skull. Although, we strongly recommend that you perform basic field care, wrap the skull in a game bag to keep flies out and, keep it cool/cold until drop-off.

After skinning, we recommend detaching the neck atlas/vertebrae from the skull, using only a knife to cut flesh around the atlas bone at the spine of the skull. In fact, a sharp knife is the best tool to quickly remove the neck atlas from the skull.

Skull taxidermy preparation and field care tip:
In the field, I use a Havalon Piranta knife to skin the hide off and remove the neck; vertebrae; atlas; throat; tongue; eyes; and excess flesh from the skull.

In warm weather, I remove the tongue, detach the atlas/neck vertebrae and carefully remove as much flesh as possible. I also remove the eyes and use a fork to scrape out the brain. I seal the skull in a game bag and keep it cold or in the shade. In warm weather, Fly eggs/larvae will hatch within 12 - 24 hours. I recommend dusting meat game bags and fresh skulls with black pepper to deter flies and wasps.

Proper field care results will carry over to the ultimate quality of skull taxidermy.
Contact us if you have any questions about field care or skull preparation.


Skull cleaning Terms of Service
Basic field care and skull preparation steps are recommended to achieve quality taxidermy results. Our Beetle cleaning process requires skulls to be fresh, kept cold and bacteria free.

There is a standard "Fleshing Fee" of $25 for removal and disposal of excessive flesh, hide, bone that exceeds 10 lbs.

We no longer offer beetle cleaning on large antlered skulls ie., Mule Deer, Elk, Moose. Our studio has no control over the condition or care of a specimen prior to receiving it. Several conditions may have a determining factor on the finished piece. This includes, conditions surrounding the harvest, primeness of specimen, time of year, field care, preparation and storage.

There will be a Minimum Bio-Hazard Fee of $50.00 for Handling and Cleaning any rancid, maggot covered and bacteria infected skull. If it smells rotten, it's a potential Bio-Hazard.

Many Taxidermist's WILL NOT EXCEPT rancid, rotten, maggot or bacteria infected specimens under any circumstance.
Classic Antler Mounts LLC, reserves the right to decline acceptance of and/or process potential Bio-Hazards.

Bio-Hazard skulls must be decontaminated under controlled conditions to eliminate bacteria, avoid cross contamination of other skulls and protect our beetle colony habitat. In warm weather, fly eggs hatch in 12 to 24 hours. House Flies carry disease, additionally larvae (maggots) secrete enzymes that degrade tissue and bone. We cannot guarantee 100% removal of maggots without nasal turbinate removal. Contaminated Bio-Hazard skulls will not be beetle cleaned.


Shipping Instructions contact us if you have any questions.

Raw skulls must be adequately fleshed, taxidermy prepared and frozen solid, do not ship rancid or rotten skulls. Plastic totes or Styrofoam insulated boxes work well. Seal frozen skulls in Heavy Duty plastic bags, tagged with ownership information.

Use Styrofoam or newspaper to insulate items inside the box/tote. Please DO NOT use the U.S. Postal Service when shipping raw skulls, we recommend FedEx or UPS.

Taxidermy Work Order Form required for shipping wildlife/taxidermy items to Classic Antler Mounts LLC.

Shipping rates are calculated by dimensional weight based on the size of the box/crate. Upon completion of your work order, we will contact you and send the final invoice for any remaining balance including shipping charges. We securely package your project for UPS shipping and provide a tracking number.

Taxidermist "Business Discount" qualification requires five (5) or more, wild game non-antlered skulls. "Fully Skinned or Taxidermy Prepared Skulls" only. Definition of a Taxidermy Prepared Skull: "The carcass; hide; cape; neck; vertebrae; atlas; throat and excessive flesh have been proficiently removed. Skulls are fresh/cold and meet our beetle cleaning criteria. Skulls are tagged and delivered ready for beetle cleaning". Taxidermist Business Form for Licensed Taxidermist use only.






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