Beetling is the preferred method for European skulls over boiling. Boiling can shrink the skull, cause drying and cracking. Skulls turn out best if they are fresh. Although they can be done in any condition, it is best not to let them sit and rot and/or get full of maggots, flies, etc. If you are not ready to have your skull beetled right away, it is best to put it in a freezer if possible.
For that Pope & Young or Boone & Crockett trophy animal, beetling is best because the skull will not shrink, which would lower the score.
Boiling can cause unnecessary yellowing from the oils being drawn into the skull. Beetling preserves the internal nose cavity, where boiling usually destroys this unique look (honeycomb look in bear skulls, etc).
The entire process can take anywhere from 6-12 months, depending on what condition the skull arrives in. The process can involve skinning head, drying it out, putting in beetle box, degreasing, whitening skull, putting a protective finish on skull, and mounting on a base if desired.
For shipping a head, freeze solid. Double bag animal in a box. It is best to ship at the beginning of the week so it doesnt sit in a warehouse over the weekend. Prices do not include shipping.
Call or e-mail me for prices. There may be additional charges for prep work or skinning a head. You also have the option to mount a skull on a wall or table base if desired for an additional charge.