Hunting and fishing, while enjoyable, can be time consuming and expensive. Hunting trophy game is exciting and can create memories that last a lifetime. Unfortunately, for many of us, these experiences don't come easy or often enough. At Lizer's Taxidermy, we understand this, and will take the utmost care in properly preserving your trophy. Proper care of your game prior to delivery to the taxidermist is critical.
To properly cape an animal for shoulder mounting, cut a circle around the body 6" behind the front legs. Next, cut a circle around each front leg 6" below the armpit. On the back side of the leg, cut up the leg to the armpit, then cut a line straight back to the initial cut. Carefully skin the animal as far up the neck as possible, then cut the head from the carcass. Be careful and do not cut through the skin. Let the head cool, then place it in a plastic bag and ice down or freeze as soon as possible. Your taxidermist would rather have too much skin than too little.
Do not attempt to field dress smaller animals (squirrels, foxes, coyotes, etc.) If you cannot get to your taxidermist immediately, cool the carcass with ice or freeze whole if possible.
Wash any blood, mud, etc. from the bird with water. Tuck the head under the wing and place in a plastic bag. Make sure the feathers are not ruffled. Remove as much air as possible, then freeze. Do not gut the bird.
Wrap your fish in a wet towel and place in a plastic bag removing as much air as possible. Make sure the fins are lying flat. Make sure the tail is flat and covered by the towel. Cover with ice, or freeze. Do not gut the fish
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