Care starts when a bird is harvested. Handle any bird you wish to mount by the bill or feet. Do not ring neck! Check for broken feathers, missing feathers and shot holes to bill and feet. Minor repairs are not a problem. Place bill under wing, smooth down feathers and place in a plastic bag, force out air and seal bag. Set the bird in a safe place until it can be put in the freezer.
Check for broken fins and tails, scars and missing scales. Minor repairs are no problem. Make sure the fish is wet, place in a plastic bag and force out all air, seal bag. Place flat in freezer.
Do not cut throat! Hang animal from back legs and skin down to just behind front legs. With today’s modern forms, we need about 4-6 inches behind the front legs. Ring legs at first joint and pull legs through. Roll out the cape the rest of the way. Do not split brisket! Skin to back of skull and cut free from body. Keep cold until you can freeze. Place head in plastic bag for freezer. For life size mounts, please speak with the taxidermist before leaving on your hunt, for skinning instructions.
Do not gut! Make sure animal is dry. Place in plastic bag, force out all air and seal bag. Keep cool. Place in freezer.