HOW TO SKIN YOUR TROPHY FOR MOUNT
Game Heads: make initial cuts as indicated
on diagram. Cut scalp extra long making
sure you include the entire brisket. The
correct amount of skin will be included if
you make sure to stay behind the shoulder
and leave several inches of front leg skin
attached to the scalp. Make sure that the
opening cut on the back of neck is clean and straight.
Next, start to peel and skin the hide from
the shoulder and neck up to the base of the skull.
If you are not experienced at skinning around the horns, eyes, lips and nose its best at this point to sever the head from the neck, leaving the shoulder and neck attached to the head. Then, take the head to your taxidermist to have him complete the skinning.
If your hunting out of state, and can't get your trophy back within
48 hours, take it to the nearest professional taxidermist in the area
and ask them to cape the head out and turn the ears, eyes, lips, and
nose and thoroughly salt every detail. This service will normally
cost $20.00 - $30.00 for a deer size animal, but if done properly, it
will help insure that you don't lose your valuable trophy to spoilage
before you deliver or ship to the taxidermist.
If your in-state and you are going to have your butcher process your
deer, don't assume that he knows how to skin it properly for a full
shoulder mount. There are many fine trophy bucks ruined every
year the butcher was not instructed.
If you are experienced in turning the ears, eyes, and nose, remember
to salt the cape thoroughly. Use at least 2 to 4 pounds of regular fine
table salt for an average deer size cape, and rub it into every detail.
Make sure that all fat and flesh have been removed before you salt
the cape. After salting, roll the cape up, fresh side in, for a few
hours; then shake the wet salt out and re-salt with dry salt.
Semi-dry the cape in shade; then roll up for shipping or
transportation in a burlap bag.
DO NOT use plastic bag, as it will promote spoilage
if there is any moisture in the cape.
To remove the skull with antlers or horns attached, simply saw off
the top of the skull through the center of the eye sockets.
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