Sunday, December 7, 2014

DIY European Skull Mount Steps

With deer season in full swing, many hunters are often confronted with the big decision whether to shell out the cash to get a professional mount or just saw off the horns of their buck. Luckily, there is a happy medium with a European Skull Mount. Not only do they look awesome and add a unique touch to any trophy display, but they are customizable and classy! They can be added to a plaque, colored, bleached, hung on the wall, or simply stand alone on a mantle.

Around here, C&C Trapping Outfit, consisting of Rob and Jake along with help from a few more, have been working on Euro Mounts as they roll in. We charge $50 per skull, which is a great price for this service, but it's great to know you can also do it yourself. There are many ways to do your own skull mounts, however, they have used the method of skinning the skull, boiling, scraping the remaining meat from the skull, then treating with hydrogen peroxide. So far the they have been averaging about a 3 day turnaround for finished buck heads. If you would like to try your own, this method is possible without any major purchase, equipment, or tools.

Our simple steps to DIY homespun European Deer Skull Mount:

1. SKIN OUT the head of the deer and as much meat as possible (remove the hide and eyeballs). The fresher the deer, the easier the job.
2. BOIL SKULL in water with (preferably) Borax added for 2-4 hours, or longer to encourage meat falling off bone (DO NOT let horns touch water, they may be wrapped for protection). Heat should be medium. We used a 50-gallon barrel cut in half for the pot, and a propane burner for the fire.
3. REMOVE ALL MEAT/BRAINS by carefully picking and scraping all remaining meat from skull (using pliers, knife, or blade). This must be done gently so as to not break or crack the fragile facial bones. Skull may be placed back in boiling water throughout scraping process as much as necessary.
4. SOAK SKULL in solution of water with added hydrogen peroxide in a 1:4 ratio, or about 25-30% Hydrogen Peroxide, for 1 day.
5. DRY SKULL. After thorough drying, gently brush off any flaky residue left from peroxide, and skull is finished!

Finished European Skull Mounts ready to go

Working on the Euro Mounts, with help from a Mountain Cur pup

Scraping meat off deer skulls after boiling
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

European Mounts for $50

We are doing European Mounts for bucks this season for a low cost of $50. If you have a friend that did shoot a nice buck, please let them know. Message us for details. Here are some pics from the skull process and a mount recently completed!

Finished European Deer Skull Mount

Boiling 3 Buck Skulls for European Mounts

European Mount DIY

Saturday, November 29, 2014

First Week of Gun Season-WV

The first week of deer gun season is in the books in West Virginia. And around here, it's not good. The harvest in North Central West Virginia is shaping up to be lower than recent years, due to a gradual increase in the season bag limit over the last ten years. Despite the decline in local deer herds, the rifle bag limit still includes 2 bucks and 3 does. This does not include bow season and muzzleloader, which up the bag limit to 3 and 2, respectively. This means that one person hunting in West Virginia can legally kill 10 deer.

After the numbers from the first week are confirmed, we may see lots of hunters shocked at the low deer harvest thus far. Killing a doe right now may not be in the best interest of dedicated hunters, due to the implications on local deer populations. Some areas, however, are still holding larger deer populations and could benefit from doe kills. In much of the Northern half of the state, hunters have not seen near the deer as in recent years.

We will be interested to see public response to this year's deer harvest as the data rolls in. Stay tuned!

Rifle Season bucks taken in WV

Monday, November 24, 2014

Rifle Deer Season Opens in WV

Happy first day of gun hunting season in West Virginia and whatever other state you may be hunting or visiting! Gun season traditionally begins the first Monday of Thanksgiving week in WV, but of course each state is different. Each year the DNR of WV makes some adjustments based on figures of deer harvests from the year before. However, this 2014 season, much to our dismay, the hunting regulations have been changed to only 1 Buck kill before taking a doe. This means that before you can kill another buck, the DNR has enforced a mandatory doe kill if you would like to kill buck #2. In our area, however, the deer count is altogether down, and this law will only promote further decline in the overall deer population. We plan on becoming further involved in feedback to the DNR and their decisions to change the hunting regulations to once again decrease the deer population.

At any rate, remember your gun-hunting SAFETY TIPS:
1. Always wear orange
2. Be aware of what's beyond your target
3. Point your gun in a safe direction
4. Never keep a loaded gun in a vehicle/ATV/fourwheeler
5. Tell someone where you are hunting and when you'll return

Good luck, be safe, and check back for more pictures as the season continues!

Check out one of the last bucks to come off the farm at the end of Bow Season!! A gnarly 10-point!

Nice 10 Point Taken last Saturday before Gun Season

10 Point Buck-Bow Kill, Doddridge County, WV

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Bucks are Starting to Drop!

Bow (Archery) season kills so far. Check out some pictures from Rob's nice 8-Point buck taken in bow season. Hard work and putting in time preparing foodplots, feeders, tree stands, and land management can pay off!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Early Fall Bowhunting is Underway !

All the summer work you put in can finally begin to pay off when the early fall bowhunting season opens up. In West Virginia, our season started September 15th! That's early! The warm weather at the beginning of the season made for some less-than-desirable conditions, however, there is always a chance of a big buck walking out in front of you when the season starts that early. Scouting is important in the early season, and putting up stands or blinds on established deer paths and near scrapes and rubs is a great start.

We have gotten some blinds up near known deer signs and near food plots, however, the over-abundant mass of acorns this year has made the deer hard to find thus far. Many states in the Eastern U.S. have experienced this large acorn crop, and so far in WV archery deer kills are down compared to recent years. Corn feeders might boost your chances for deer traffic for bringing the deer out of the oak thickets. In late October, the bucks have finally started chasing and running with does, and a few of our friends have killed some nice bucks so far! Good luck with your bow for the rest of October and November and send us your pics!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Horse Wreck Video Laughs!

We are back in the video uploading business after a half-year break from our YouTube channel. We have been filming lots of great stuff, and we thought we would start with sharing this great video of a horse wreck caught-on-tape. A fellow we know was showing off for the camera speeding down the blacktop road riding his horse when disaster struck! Watch for yourself if you need a good laugh and leave a comment below!!

Friday, March 28, 2014

2013-2014 Trapping Season Bounty

The 2013-14 trapping season wrapped up at the end of February, after months of hard work on the trapline and dismal trapping conditions, the guys lined up the final results to get ready to take to the fur sale. It was a good season in West Virginia all together, considering the frigid weather and dumploads of snow we received. Bobcats seemed to be the biggest success of the big game furbearers. Coons were also plentiful.
Rob, Jake, DL, and Brad packed up their hides all together to take to the West Virginia Fur Sale in March, where the numbers of trappers selling furs was surprisingly high. The payout was decent, although some prices had dropped from earlier in the season, such as bobcat and red fox. A lot was learned during the season that will be applied to improving trapping next fall! Selling the hides definitely helps pay for the input costs of the trapline, but all the guys said the experience with friends and excitement of running the traps is the real driver for the trapline! Stay tuned for more pictures and real outdoor fun!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New furs from Week 1 of the WV Trapping Season

The rest of C&C Trapping's furs collected from week one are posted here. Check out the rest of the catches. Some big coyotes and cats were captured at the end of the week. Has anyone else had any luck so far? Let us know!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

2013 Fur Trapping Season has Begun!

This week marked the beginning of fur trapping season here in West Virginia. So far Rob and Jake have been leading the charge and reeled in 2 bobcats, 2 coyotes, 7 muskrats, some possum, lots of coons, and even a skunk! Check out our Facebook page and the link below to see the latest pictures of wild furs!!

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

New stuff on Facebook 360°

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

2013 Bow Season

This early bow season, the biggest buck we have harvested yet in the West Virginia bowhunting season is this 12-point buck taken in Doddridge County. With near perfect genetics, this buck is a prize in north-central West Virginia, gun or bow. What do you think?