Bring the hide to us ASAP or freeze it. Hides do not take well to heat and will ruin quickly if not cooled fast.
Do not drive around with the animal in your truck to show it off first, and do not leave it hanging too long, especially overnight in above freezing temperatures.
Never cut up the brisket (chest and neck area) when field dressing.
Never attempt to remove the skull unless you have been properly trained to do so.
Do not cut the cape too short. If you don’t know where to cut, call us or look at the diagrams and videos provided here. Extra hide is always better than a short hide! This is one of the biggest problems that we see.
Never hang or drag your deer with a rope around its neck. This will damage the hair and show on your mount.
For life-size mounts, it is best to either bring the animal to us ASAP, or freeze the entire animal whole. Do not gut the animal before freezing.
Wash off all blood from hair, double bag with plastic trash bags and freeze laying flat.
If you must skin the animal give us a call FIRST for special instructions. Follow the diagram below, and do NOT try to remove the head or feet. Leave them in and freeze immediately.
If you have any question about this process, call us BEFORE attempting it.
Never clean or breast out the bird!
Make sure the feathers remain flat and not bent. Take extra care with the tail feathers.
Cool or freeze the bird ASAP and give us a call.
When freezing: Tuck the head under the wing, double bag with plastic trash bag and freeze. If the tail feather will not fit inside the bag, loosely seal the bag AROUND the tail. Do not try to bend or tightly wrap tail feather to prevent damage