Originally Posted by Wingnut
From my understanding the 60 day drying period starts as soon as the skull is properly cleaned. The B&C rules say that all material except bone must be removed before the 60 day drying period begins. I have done a couple of smaller bear skulls and I found that boiling the skulls makes them shrink more than having them cleaned using beatles. After the 60 day drying period the one that I had boiled shrank about 1/2 inch. Mostly from the length measurement. The beatle cleaned one only shrank a little more than a 1/4 of an inch. The only problem would be finding beatles that are local. More taxidermists are using them so you might check around. I would say that getting it done sooner than later is your best bet. Let us all know how it goes. I think you have a good chance of taking the record!!!
+1 exactly with my own experience.
I missed Oregon book by 3/16" after boiling my first bear skull. Started at 18-3/8" shy (Oregon book is 18-1/8" or bigger) after boiling it was 17-15/16"....
My last big one was just over 20" green, & finished at 19-5/8. I need to enter it still.
In the future however, ill be using Beatles!! Clean, fast, & less shrinkage by all accounts. I've talked to many many folks about Beatles, & its pretty much unanimous.
Congrats on that big ol bruiser! Most folks hunt a lifetime & never achieve a trophy bear of that quality. Great job Mike.
Lemme know if you need some numbers for Beatle guys. There's a couple here in Central Oregon right down the road.
Of course you take enough game, that you could almost order your own, & have a dandy side business doing European mount skull prep for your friends & family! They're not cheap, but not horribly expensive to order either. You just gotta have enough stuff for them to eat or they die & don't make you any $$$.
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