Field Care Guide

Birds:

  • Do not gut.
  • Carefully carry birds. Do not carry birds by the neck.
  • Pick the best specimen. Choose the one with the least blood stains, broken feathers/bones, and pin feathers.
  • Wipe off excess blood with a damp cloth.
  • Leave whole, then place  into a plastic freezer bag and freeze if it can not be transported to us immediately. If it will be frozen for some time wrap the feet and bill in wet paper towels.

 

Fish Reproduction:

 

1) Pictures. Pictures. Pictures. We would like to generate a reproduction that is an exact match to the fish you caught. Pictures that show the scale detail and coloring will be  essential for generating the replica.


2) Two Measurements are required:

  a) Measure down the side of the fish from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail.                

        
  b) Measure the girth at the widest point. Normally behind the dorsal fin.

 
Mammals:

 

Deer Shoulder Mount

Never drag the deer out of the woods by it's head or hang it  by it's head

Never tie a deer to the roof of a vehicle for transport. This can dry out the ears and lips and make skinning very difficult.

Never leave a deer or deer hide in direct sunlight. Sunlight and  heat are terrible enemies if you are trying to preserve a trophy mount.

         

Never hose off the hide if it becomes soiled. If the hide becomes soiled with blood or dirt use a wet paper towel to wipe off as much of the soiling as possible. The guts of a deer are full of bacteria and if this gets on your hide and is then exposed to direct sunlight or heat you have created the perfect situation for hair slippage on your trophy mount.

Never cut the throat, down the back, or the chest. These cuts will require extra stitching to repair and therefore more money.


Field Processing for Shoulder Mount

 1)  Use a sharp knife to cut a complete circle around the deer at about the middle of the rib cage behind the front legs. Make the same circular cut around the front legs just above the knee. Now make 2 separate cuts behind the front legs to connect each smaller circular leg cut to the larger rib cage cut.
      


 

                 

                                                                  1st cut   

 

 


       

 2) After completing your 3 cuts pull the skin forward to expose the head/neck junction. DO NOT CUT DOWN THE BACK OF THE NECK INTO THE BACK.  There is no reason to cut the cape down the back of the neck when skinning a deer. KEEP THE CAPE WHOLE.
           
3)  Move about 3 inches down from the head/neck junction and make a deep circular cut.  Cut through all the tissue down to the spinal cord.  After the cut is complete grab the head at the base of the antlers and twist the head till it snaps away from the neck.






Before rolling your hide up to freeze double check one more time for obvious signs of soiling.  If the hide is soiled wipe down with a wet paper towel to remove as much soiling as possible. The roll up the hide and put it in the garbage bag to place in the freezer.  If you choose to transport to us immediately make sure it is kept in a cool place out of direct sunlight.



Small Mammals

Small mammals require special care. Any mammal, wolf size or smaller, should not be gutted or skinned unless it is being performed by a professional. There are numerous ways to skin small mammals depending on how the mount will be executed and for that reason we do not
recommend doing this on your own.

Small mammals will spoil very quickly because of their thin hide. It is very important to wipe any blood splatter off the thin hide as soon as possible to prevent bacterial growth. Bacteria growth on a thin hide will cause hair slippage much more quickly than it would on an animal with a thicker hide,
for example, a deer.

If you are unable to transport small game directly to us, remove any visible blood with a damp paper towel. Place clean dry paper towel on the animal where any blood may be weeping, such as, the mouth or the kill shot, to prevent the blood from freezing into the hair.  Place the small game directly into a plastic bag and freeze it until it can be transported to us. 

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