Tips for Preserving Your Pet
- Wrap your pet in a towel.
- Place in a plastic bag.
- Remember to get your pet into a freezer as soon as possible. Place in the freezer within 2 hours.
- Contact us and include a photo with your shipment.
- We will explain how to properly ship your pet.
Tips for Preserving Your Trophy
I want to help you preserve the memory of kill or catch. How you handle the animal or fish following the hunt is very important. If you take proper care, then the final product that I provide you will be much better. Carelessly handling the animal can cause damage that sometimes cannot be undone. Taxidermists are artists, but they are not magicians.
Use the helpful tips below to ensure that I am able to provide you with a quality product.
Deer and Big Game
- If you do not know how to cape out a deer, find someone that does. Most processors know how to cape out deer.
- Remember to get the deer to a freezer as soon as possible. Don’t drive it around on the hood of your truck showing your friends.
- Always leave enough cape by cutting at least 6 inches behind the front legs.
- Leave about 5 to 6 inches of neck meat to get a good neck measurement.
- Try not to drag the deer with the neck and shoulder dragging on the ground. This pulls out hair that cannot be replaced.
Fish are mounted best when they are fresh. The fresher, the better. It is really important to avoid any kind of freezer burn on fish. Wrap your fish well in a damp towel, and place it in a plastic bag. Do not leave fish in the freezer. Freezer burn will damage the fins beyond repair.
Ducks, Wild Turkey or Pheasant
Pack some nylon stocking with your day pack. Nylon stockings are the best way to preserve the feathers of the bird.
Cut about two feet from the thigh area of the stocking and tie a knot on one end. This will be enough room for a big bird like a turkey or goose.
For smaller birds like ducks, cut two feet from the calf area.
Put some paper towel down the beak to keep the blood from running out, then put the bird head-first into the nylon stocking.
Tie a knot on the open end. Do not gut the animal before bringing it to me. If you like, you can contact me before you go on your hunt to see if I will be available that day for you to bring your bird.