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I received my European skull mount from the taxidermist about two weeks ago and it smelled like dead meat. I washed the antlers with white vinegar and it continuesvto smell. I also used Dawn dish detergent and it continues to smell. I have also washed it with Goop hand cream and it continues to smell. I left the mount outdoors between washings and it still smells. I am now using baking soda in a paste form and applied it to the antlers and enclosed it in a plastic bag with a bucket of dry baking soda and sealed it up hoping that this would rid of the odor. I have never encountered this problem and I was wondering if anyone else had this problem. I would appreciate any suggestions that you may have to hopefully rid the smell of my skull mount.

 

Thank you for any suggestions.

 

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I've done several Euro's and have encountered same problem.  It's just a little membrane or meat left somewhere in the skull. I put a little borax in the skull and it usually fixes the smell.
The mount is all dry and clean. The horns smell

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5 minutes ago, oldghost said:

No, it definitely the antlers. The smell stays on my hands after I hold the head.

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Sure, because the smell rises  from the skull into the antlers. There is nothing in antlers that can smell. 
 

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