Braggin' Rights Taxidermy
5732 County Road LS
Manitowoc, WI 54220

920-726-4278

 

Preparation

Big Game

Prior to delivery of your kill to Braggin' Rights Taxidermy, I would like to provide you with a few care guidelines that will most effectively preserve your animal and provide the best results of the final product. Do your best to satisfy each in assuring the animal is in the same condition as when you harvested it.
  • Avoid dragging the animal if possible.
  • If it's an antlered animal and must be dragged, do so by the antlers NOT with a rope. A rope will break the hair.
  • Do not tag the deer in the ear.
  • Do not cut the throat.
  • Do not have an animal aged at the registration station, they will cut the cheek.
  • If you process your own animal, cut along the back of the leg NOT inside the leg. Skin up to the head, cut off the carcass, keeping the hide attached to the head. This is the proper condition of the animal for delivery.
  • If you take your animal in for processing, tell the butcher you are having it mounted.
  • After your animal is processed, deliver the animal as soon as possible. If it can't be delivered promptly, place it in a plastic bag and freeze as soon as possible.

Tips for Field Dressing

Caping for a Shoulder Mount

Caping for a Shoulder MountWith a sharp knife slit the hide circling the body behind the shoulder at approximately the mid-way point of the rib cage behind the front legs. Slit the skin around the legs just above the knees. An additional slit will be needed from the back of the leg and joining the body cut behind the legs.

Peel the skin forward up to the ears and jaw exposing the head/neck junction. Cut into the neck approximately three inches down from this junction. Circle the neck cutting down to the spinal column.

After this cut is complete, grasp the antler bases and twist the head off the neck. This should allow the hide to be rolled up and put in a freezer until transported to the taxidermist. These cuts should allow ample hide for the taxidermist to work with in mounting.

Remember, the taxidermist can cut off excess hide but he can't add what he doesn't have.

Caping for a Shoulder MountNote: When field dressing a trophy to be mounted, don't cut into the brisket (chest) or neck area. If blood gets on the hide to be mounted, wash it off with snow or water as soon as possible.

Also, avoid dragging the deer out of the woods with a rope. Place it on a sled, rickshaw, or 4-wheeler. The rope, rocks, or a broken branch from a deadfall can easily damage the fur or puncture the hide.

If you do need to drag it out with a rope, attach the rope to the base of the antlers and drag your trophy carefully.

Skinning Life-Size Big Game

Skinning Life-Size Big GameThe Flat Incision - The flat incision is used for rug mounts and for a variety of poses. The areas to be cut are shown to the left. Make these slits (cutting the feet free from the carcass) and pull the skin off the carcass. The head is detached as with the shoulder mount.

The Dorsal Method - The dorsal method of skinning involves a long slit down the back (from the tail base up into the neck). The carcass is skinned as it is pulled through this incision. The feet/hooves and the head are cut off from the carcass as with a shoulder mount explained above. Only use this method with approval and detailed instruction from your taxidermist. Use this method only when the skin can be frozen quickly after skinning.

Small Mammals

Animals, coyote sized or smaller, should not be skinned unless by a professional. Don't gut the animal. Small mammals, especially carnivores, will spoil quickly because of their thin hide and bacteria. If you can't take the small game animal immediately to a taxidermist, as soon as the carcass cools completely, put it in a plastic bag and freeze it. With the epidemic of rabies evident in many areas of the country, take every safety measure necessary when handling your game.