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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-25-2009, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Amateur Skull Cleaner

I am looking for a couple of deer skulls to feed to my beetles. I am trying to start my own skull cleaning business. I have cleaned a pheasent and turkey skull so far and they came out nice.
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Re: Amateur Skull Cleaner

You could always pick up a road kill varmint.

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I am looking for a couple of deer skulls to feed to my beetles. I am trying to start my own skull cleaning business. I have cleaned a pheasent and turkey skull so far and they came out nice. I am located in Wilkes-Barre. I will do the first couple of skulls at cost of the cleaning supplies.($15) I am looking for small bucks or does. So if they do not come out perfect you wont be disappointed.

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Re: Amateur Skull Cleaner

Funny u say that i was just looking at a squirel road kill. I wold practice on my own but i was not fortunate enough to kill anything in archery. Next monday starts a new season so hopefully i will be able to practice.
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Re: Amateur Skull Cleaner

I've got a B&C bear skull that I would like done. Brain/eyes and most meat removed, mostly scraped clean. I used to have my own beetles and there isn't much that can get screwed up, other than killin the beetles.

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Re: Amateur Skull Cleaner

Griffis, keep in mind that if you are going to accept money from anyone for doing skulls it is considered "commercial taxidermy" and you will need a taxidermy license from the PA Dept. of Ag.
You can go to the PTA website for more info and the PDAG contact info.....www.pataxidermy.com
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Actually, that is incorrect under certain circumstances. You do not need a taxi license if all you do is clean skulls. If you mount them, then it is considered taxidermy. Or, if you even go so far as to refer to your work as taxidermy. I've already looked into it and the info can be found here:

http://www.pataxidermy.com/Bulletin-...RS-011807.html
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Re: Amateur Skull Cleaner

Keep in mind that you are not allowed to do business on here either. I was scolded for that not long ago.

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Re: Amateur Skull Cleaner

That is correct.
I would guess that a post such as this asking basically for "donations" is borderline but considering the topic of only 2 posts is dealing with it, thats a bit touchy. Also, listing yourself in your profile as "skull taxidermy" opens you up to needing that license.

Feed the bugs leftover meat off the table or outdated venison. Roadkill is bad news and just asking to kill your colony.
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Re: Amateur Skull Cleaner

All im asking is for you to buy the cleaning supplies needed to degrease and whiten the dkull.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-29-2009, 04:35 PM
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Re: Amateur Skull Cleaner

You might want to read Dr. Kneppley's response again there Chasin Tail. If you are cleaning skulls for others with the "intent of displaying them" you need a license. Reading your posts and the posts of other skull cleaners on this Board I find it very hard to believe that you are cleaning them simply for the joy of doing so. You are cleaning them so that they may be displayed and for that you need a Taxidermy License and need to be charging and paying Sales Tax. To my knowledge, only museum technicians using dermestids to clean bones for study are exempt.
I was on the Committee that worked out the rules for Taxidermy with the PA Dept. of Agriculture and that was one of the issues that we worked very hard on. With CWD becoming a reality in many parts of the country the PDA and the PGC are very concerned about it coming into PA. Since, as a skull cleaner, you are dealing directly with the chief vector for the disease (brain, spine and eye tissue) it is critical for the PDA to be able to track any possible sources of CWD coming into the Commonwealth. Licensing is how this is done.
If you have already contacted the PDA directly and been told that you can provide a skull cleaning service and not have a license or have to charge Sales Tax then so be it. But, if you are cleaning skulls for others and charging for that service you are doing it so that they may display them and that, according to the Rules, requires you to have a Taxidermy License and a Sales Tax license.
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