Mounting Practices For Various Game

Taxidermy is preserving the body of the animal for study or display. It includes stuffing or mounting the animals. The first and foremost task of the hunter is the good field care. Here are some of the tips for mounting perfectly which helps to expertise in taxidermy.

Deer mount for taxidermy

Mounting Practices of Various Birds

Evaluating the bird first before mounting helps in performing quality-mounting. The picked bird should not have pin feathers or broken bones. A prime bird will be the best for taxidermy.  The trophy should be clean, if there is any blood on the feathers using a water to wipe it off with a towel would be best. Take a cotton piece or a paper towel and block the nasal or throat passages. The plugging helps to shield the plumage from any kinds of fluids. If the taxidermy can’t be performed right away tuck the bird’s head under the wing, take a plastic bag and wrap the bird in it. Roll up the bag and expel the air stocked up in the bag. Do the same process with the second bag too. Squeezing out the air prevents the body from freezer burns.

Mounting Practices of Various Birds

Roll up the fish in a towel. While doing so, place the fins of the fish flat against its body. Make sure the towel is wet. Now, instead of using paper or cardboard, use a plastic bag to wrap the fish and put it in the freezer. Here are the steps to be followed for the purpose of reproduction:

  • Make a note of the length of the fish
  • Note down the fish’s widest girth point
  • Capture color photos of the fish in various angles (optional)

Mounting Practices of Various Mammals

Mounting the smaller mammals life-sized makes the taxidermist skillful. If the taxidermist is not an expert but is a novice, then let the animal body to cool down. Wrap up the entire mammal’s body in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer. Mammals are the easiest subjects for the learners to begin taxidermy with. Whatever species the mammal may belong to, the taxidermy includes skinning, removing the eyes and hiding the muscle tissue.

Caping Deer for Shoulder Mount

Identifying the first three cuts are very important. The cuts begin from behind the legs and runs till the armpits. From armpits go straight to the animal’s stomach. Now skin the animal back from the cuts. Skin all the way from neck to jawline. Cut the head from neck. Sharp knives do the job faster. Keep the hide clean both inside and outside. If the trophy can’t be taken to the taxidermist immediately, freeze it by using good quality bags.

Some Handy Mounting Tips

Freezing the trophy is only a temporary solution. If the body stays in the freezer for a long time, freezer burns will occur. So the body should be taken to the taxidermist as early as possible.

Dragging the deer from woods should be done carefully without pulling against its hair patterns.

Hang the deer by its hind legs but not by its neck.

Do not salt the trophy unless it has been fleshed completely.

Regular dusting prevents the mounts from building dust.

Never place the mounts in sunlight directly.