FIELD CARE FOR YOUR TROPHY
In order to get the best possible mount, it is important to take proper care of your trophy until you deliver it to the taxidermist. Taking a little extra time to learn and/or supervise the care of your trophy will make a difference in a mounts finished quality.
- Do not cut fish in any way
- Take pictures of your trophy as soon as possible, if you’re interested in a Reproduction take measurements, length is most important, girth and if possible get the weight
- Do not put the fish on a stringer, surface water temperatures are too warm,
- If you want a skin mount, try your best to keep the fish from flopping around and losing scales and damaging fins.
- Wrap the fish in a soaking wet towel and place in a plastic bag and freeze, if you are unable to freeze, keep it on ice and get it to us as soon as possible.
- Do not wrap the fish in newspaper, the ink will transfer on to the fish and is hard to remove.
- DO NOT put a rope around your Trophy's neck and drag out of the field. If you have no choice but to drag your trophy, tie a rope around the antlers.
- Cut well behind the shoulders on big game, get as much armpit as you can. Please call us If you have questions about how to cape out your animal.
- Make sure your butcher/ processor knows you’re planning to mount your trophy, ask them to cape out your deer leaving plenty of hide. Many processors get a "cut" from the taxidermist they promote, regardless of their experience and quality of the mounts, but it is ultimately YOUR choice!! Do your research and make sure you tell them who you want to mount your trophy.
- Bears should be skinned as soon as possible, especially if taken in the early spring.
- Don't expose your trophy to excessive heat.
- For small mammals, leave whole, put in a plastic bag and freeze.
- Be aware of the feathers and don't crowd a trophy bird in your game bag.
- Do not carry birds by their neck, this could cause feather loss, always carry trophies by their feet.
- If the bird is still alive, do not ring its neck.
- Blood is not normally a problem, neither is a shot bill.
- Dogs are another consideration, they can create real problems, if you shoot a bird you think you want mounted, we recommend that you get to the bird before your dog does.
- Broken wings may or may not be a problem depending on the pose you would want. A badly shot wing will show in a flying pose but will not in a standing pose. Be open to discussing the best pose for the bird.
- Tuck the head under one of the wings, put into a heavy duty freezer bag, try and squeeze all air out of the bag and freeze. Double bagging is even better. Do not use paper bags or freezer wrap, these will allow freezer burn to set in faster.
Care for your Finished Mount
- Keep your mount away from direct sunlight as the sunlight causes fading over time
- Keep your mount clean. We like to use a feather duster or a make-up brush and make sure you stroke in the direction of the fur or feathers and scales of Fish.
- You can clean your eyes with a Q-tip with a little water
- DO NOT use chemicals (Pledge, Liquid cleaners, etc) on or vacuum your mount.
Feel free to call the studio, Southern Wildlife Taxidermy @ 251-952-0065 if you have any questions.