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Care Instructions

Big Game (Deer, Elk, Bear, Antelope, Wild Boar, etc..)

1.  Cape animal as soon as possible and cool down.  Cut cape about 6 inches behind front legsto allow for plenty of length, especially if you are considering a pedestal mount. Leave skull in cape, I will take care of that.  If you cannot bring the cape to my shop right away and it is warmer weather, you can put whole head & cape in freezer for a few days, wrapping whole thing in a plastic garbage bag.  If you are traveling out of state and need to know how to skin head out and salt hide, please contact me in advance if possible.  If freezer available on trip - then it does not need to be salted.  See Video below, "Caping Your Deer."


Fish

1.  Wrap whole fish in wet towel or rag keeping fins close to body.  Put in plastic bag and wrap getting as much air out as possible and freeze.  Put in top of freezer so heavy items are not lying on it.  Or, bring fish to me as soon as possible - keeping it in cooler with ice or refrigerator in the meantime.Fish should be wrapped in plastic so they are not lying directly on ice or on another fish.


Birds

1.  Put bird in plastic bag and freeze whole if can't bring to my shop right away.  If bird has long tail feathers, let them stick out the end of the bag and tape bag near body.  Or, bring bird fresh to me as soon as possible, keeping cool or refrigerated.