Field Care

Many times trophies are ruined due to improper care in the field. By taking every precaution possible, you can help to ensure a quality mount.

 

Shoulder Mounts:

  • Leave at least 4 inches of hide behind the shoulder.

  • Never cut the throat, brisket, or neck.

  • Avoid dragging the animal, if at all posible. If it is necessary, drag by the antlers and keep the head, neck, and shoulders off the ground.

  • Cut the hide around the body about 4-6 inches behind the shoulders.

  • Cut the skin around the legs just above the knees.

  • Make a cut up the back of the legs to the previous cut around the body.

  • Peel the skin forward toward the head.

  • Cut through the neck (not skin) and spinal column about 3 or 4 inches below the head/neck union.

  • Soak up any blood with paper towels.

  • Keep the cape cold and dry.

  • Do NOT salt the hide.

  • Small Mammals:  Do not gut.  Leave whole and freeze, or keep cold/dry and bring to the taxidermist as soon as possible

 

Birds:

  • Do not gut.

  • Pick the best specimen. Choose the one with the least amount of , broken feathers/bones, and feathers.

  • Leave whole.  Place the head under a wing, then insert into a nylon stocking, then into a and freeze.

 

Fish:

  • Do not gut.

  • Wrap in a wet towel, place in plastic bag and freeze.

 

Remember to always bring the appropriate tags/licenses with your trophy to the taxidermist.

 

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