Taxidermy Tips and Tricks

Words of wisdom… If you are looking to have an animal mounted, there are some simple, but important things to keep in mind.

Have Enough Hide for Me

The most important step is to make sure you have enough hide for me, your taxidermist, to work with. If you don’t have enough hide, then I can’t mount your trophy.

Prevent the Hide from “Slipping”

Slipping is a term taxidermists use when the hair falls out of the hide. The reason slipping occurs is due to bacteria getting into the hair follicles. Basically, the follicle begins to decay and the hair slips or falls out of the hide. To prevent this from happening you need to properly “flesh” the hide. Fleshing means to remove all the fat and meat from the hide.

Don’t Salt Your Hide Unless it’s Been Totally Fleshed

Do NOT salt your hide unless it has been totally fleshed, with the eyes, lips, and nose “turned.” If you don’t have the experience in turning, leave that up to me. Lastly, if there is an entry or exit wound that is bloody, rinse it with water and then pat it dry.

Cool the Hide

After you have finished with that you need to cool the hide. If it is cold enough outside, place it in the shade and don’t allow the hide to dry out. To prevent it from drying out, roll the hide into a ball with the hair facing out. If you use ice to cool the hide, be sure to keep the hide dry. Water will also promote “slipping.” If you have the space available, your best bet is to throw the hide into a freezer.

Get it Too Us as Soon As Possible

Most importantly, you should take your trophy to “A Lasting Memory,” as soon as possible and we will take care of it from there. Listed below are some tips on proper care for animals to be mounted…

Shoulder Mounts

  • Skin from the middle of the back and belly forward towards the head.
  • Be sure to leave the armpits in tact.
  • Be sure to leave plenty of the brisket.
  • Skin your animal all the way to the base of the skull and remove the neck.

Lifesize Mounts

  • Do not gut the animal.
  • Take the animal in whole.

Bird Mounts

  • Do not gut the animal.
  • Place head first into a nylon stocking. This prevents feathers from becoming damaged.
  • Do not wring the neck, it will cause the feathers to fall out in the mounting process.
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