I pestered my son in law's brother for a deer head. Last year he got a deer and we buried the head along with the hide about a year ago. We dug it up just three weeks of a year and it was pretty amazing. The hide was completely gone and the head came out in three pieces. We hosed out some white gunk which I later found out via the internet that is was grave wax, undecomposed brain matter. Yuk.
Anyway, I liked the color of the bone even tho they are traditionally whitened. I was going to leave it as is but it was really smelly. A hydrogen peroxide bath did not help so I decided to do the boil method. I boiled it too much and it fell apart. I have spent several hours trying to put it back together. So far, no luck.