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Field Care Guide

Field care is very important to the outcome of a quality mount. As soon as an animal is harvested the process of decay starts. The first steps in that process is the development of bacteria. Bacteria is not the friend of a taxidermist. It can cause the hair on your trophy to slip and will ruin your cape. In order to have a quality mount it is necessary to minimize the development of bacteria and to keep your cape clean. Below are a few tips on how to keep your trophy in good shape for the mounting process.
Tips for deer and other game heads

Field dress your trophy imiediatley upon harvest.
Keep hide free from debris
Do not cut into the sternum while field dressing!
Do not slit the animals throat!
Cool your trophy down as soon as possible. (Get it on ice or in a refridgerator until you can freeze)
Freeze your cape (the whole head) in a plastic trash bag. (take as much of the air out of the bag as possible.)
Take the cape and head of the animal to your taxidermist as soon as possible so the final caping can be done.

Tips for upland Birds

Do not ring the birds neck!
While in the field place the bird in a kneehigh nylon head first. (This keeps the feathers laid down)
Do not gut or otherwise process the bird.
Wrap bird in a plastic bag and remove as much air as possible. (Be careful not to bend or break any feathers.)
Freeze the bird as soon as possible.
Take the bird to your taxidermist as soon as possible.

Tips for european mounts

Cut head of animal off below base of the skull.
Freeze head and take to your taxidermist as soon as possible.
(Rotting heads will greatly affect the outcome of a european mount and there will be an extra charge if the head is rotting or we may not accept the project all together.)

Tips for predators and small mammals

Do not gut the animal.
Keep animal cool.
Place animal in protected place such as an ice chest.
Wrap animal in plastic bag right before freezing.
Freeze animal whole as soon as possible.

For more information on field care and to learn more on how to properly cape a trophy please click the below link to visit McKenzies filed care page.