|Proper field care for
-Never put a rope around
the neck of an animal you will be mounting.
Do not cut the throat or
the brisket area.
Bring the entire hide so
you will not end up with too short a cape. If this is not possible be sure
to cut the cape behind the front legs, the farther back the better.
On lifesize skins be sure
to leave everything intact including genitalia. I prefer to skin out the
heads and feet. You can leave part of the lower leg bone in and I will
do the rest.
After you have skinned
the animal be sure to keep it cool.
DO NOT put it in plastic!
The hide needs to have air circulating to keep it cool. Ideally you want
to get it to the taxidermist right away, if not get it froze. After itís
frozen, you can wrap in plastic.
For birds, wipe off any
excess blood, tuck the head under a wing, wrap the feet in a wet rag and
insert head first into an old nylon stocking. Then place in a plastic bag
and freeze. For pheasants, you can help by taping it to a board so the
tail will not get broken.
For fish, DO NOT gut, do
not remove the slime, wrap in a wet towel, place in a well sealed plastic
bag and freeze.