European mounts.. Let us see them
I did one this year (first one on my own) and it turned out decent but I had a hard time getting all of the bits from up in the nasal cavity. All those very thin spiral bones were hard to work around. I boiled it for 4 hours, cleaned it up then boiled it for 4 more hours and did some more cleaning.
I used a forceps to pull out as much as I could. I had one done by my taxidermist a few year back and his was as clean as a whistle with no damage to those bones.
What's the secret?
I have shot some decent 8 pointers in the past (I was happy with every deer that I shot - each is a great memory), but nothing that really kept me up at night reliving the details like this one. The rack is beat up and busted off in several places (He has a broken off drop tine on his left antler that, judging by the width of the point, was 4-5 inches long, and a busted off right hand main beam about three inches past his G2. He also has his G1 and G2 partially busted off and all but about 1 inch of his G3 broken off along with the end of his main beam on his right antler).
Another really neat thing is the little bonus "point" that he has coming out of his skull below the base of his left main beam. On his left side, his non-busted brow tine is a split brow tine and is 6 inches long and his non-busted G2 is around 8.5 inches. On his right side, his non busted G4 is just a hair over 4 inches. His inside spread was just over 16 inches as it stands and his one main beam would have been about 19 inches (I think it is over 17 now, after being busted). Lastly, he has good mass, measuring just over 5 inches around on one side and just under 5 inches around on the other side (between the base and his brow tine). His mass is decent all the way up.
I was really hoping to see some trail camera pictures of him (my friend has a couple trail cameras out there) before he was busted off to see how big he went. However, no dice. Don't know what he would have scored before getting busted off. Too bad I guess.
I still am very happy. He is a real character buck and the circumstances in which I got him make for a great story. I heard him fighting with another deer shortly before he came strutting in, stopping for a brief moment at 25 yards and giving me just enough time to get a good shot off.
Good luck to all those still trying to fill their tags!