Field Care For Mounting
The quality of your finished mount is partly
by the way you treat the specimen in the field.
Big Game: DO NOT cut the throat or neck. Skin the animal as soon as possible. Scrape all fat and meat off and salt well. If
all or part of a specimen cannot be thoroughly skinned, don't salt. Freeze to prevent spoilage. Get it to the taxidermist as soon
as possible for professional care.
Head and Shoulder mounts: Start by making a circular cut, behind the front legs, cutting all the
away around the deer(as shown). Then make an incision along the back of the neck starting between the ears down to the first cut.
Make a circular cut around the leg at the knee joint. Split the leg skin on the back side, where the hair meets, this is important
so that all the necessary skin from the brisket is there for a beautiful shoulder mount. Then cut all the way up from the back of
the leg to the first cut(as shown). Proceed to peel the cape away from the deer up to the head, and cut carcass off at the base of
the head. Freeze or bring in as soon as possible to avoid spoilage. We'll do the rest!
Life-size, Rug mounts: Different animals and
various poses call for different cuts. Please call us for instructions on your life-size or rug mounts.
Salting: Before salting all
meat and fat MUST be removed and the entire animal must be completely skinned. Salting is a VITAL step in preserving your trophy.
The salt needs to be the consistency of table salt. The salt should be approximately 1/4 inch in depth, be sure to salt every little
crevice. After 24 hours, shake the salt off and repeat this process. After another day, let dry in a shaded cool spot. NEVER in the
sun or by a fire.
Fish: DO NOT gut the fish. Place enire fish in a wet towel or plastic bag and wrap in newspaper for insulation. Freeze
solid, ship or bring to taxidermist. If shipping, always ship on a Monday to avoid weekend warehouse layovers.
Birds: Handle a bird
by it's feet. NEVER wring a birds neck if it is to be mounted. Keep bird as dry as possible, keep blood off the plumage. Plug mouth
with tissue or cotton ball. Wrap in newspaper then plastic, paper absorbs fluids. Take to the taxidermist as soon as possible or feeze