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.
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.
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 (1st cut). 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.
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.
This is God's Country. People come here from all over the United States to hunt. That causes a bit of a dilemma. How do you get your mount home? Do you take the animal all the way back home and risk spoiling?
We can ship anywhere in the United States saving you the trouble of worrying about how to get your Trophy home. The picture on the left is an example of one of our crates. All crates are custom made for a slight charge. We would be happy to discuss crating and shipping with you.
We have been fortunate enough to work for people all over the United States. If you can not find a reliable taxidermist in your area we might be the perfect alternative. Prior to shipping your mount to us we will send you a contract to complete. This contract will include all harvesting information, as well as, how you want your trophy mounted.
Shipping details are very mount specific. We will gladly talk you through how to properly box and ship. Coolers and ice are normally not necessary if a frozen sample is shipped early in the week.