Repair holes in the cape from broadheads, bullets, or slugs are repairable, but there is no guarantee that they will not be seen. If you drag the hair off of the cape, it can not be fixed and must be replaced for mounting, no exceptions. The diagram below shows a perfect shot to assure no cape damage.
• NEVER cut the throat.
• NEVER hang the trophy by the neck with a rope.
• NEVER cut down the back or up the brisket.
• NEVER get the hide wet.
• NEVER drag the animal if possible, especially on shoulders.
• ALWAYS get the animal to the taxidermist immediately.
• ALWAYS freeze your trophy immediately if you can’t get to the taxidermist right away.
• ALWAYS save plenty of hide. Too much is better than too little. See pictures below as an example on where to cut.
AFTER YOU GET YOUR CATCH HOME, WRAP IT IN DAMP PAPER TOWELS OR A DAMP BATH TOWEL COMPLETELY. PLACE IT IN A TRASH BAG AND FREEZE THE FISH.
GET A FULL LENGTH MEASUREMENT (from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail, not the fork of the tail.) AND A GIRTH MEASUREMENT AT MID BODY TAKE SOME PICTURES, THEN RELEASE THE FISH.
• After harvesting your bird immediately dab any blood from the feathers with a soft cloth or paper towel.
• NEVER wring the birds neck!!!
• Handle the bird VERY gently and avoid losing ANY feathers. Try to handle the bird only by the feet if possible.
• If available, slide the bird in an old panty hose leg, head first. Otherwise you may wrap it in a dry towel.
• Place in a plastic bag and freeze.
• Get the bird to the taxidermist as soon as possible. Birds freezer burn very quickly!