Care for your mount begins immediately after the animal is down. Improper field care can make mounting difficult and in extreme cases, impossible. Here are some guide lines to help you best preserve your trophy after take-down.
Do not clean the fish. Do not allow the fish to dry out during transport. Its best kept on ice. When you get home, wrap it in a damp towel with the mouth shut, all of the fins flat to the body, and as straight as possible. Put this in a plastic bag and freeze it this way. With this form of preparation your trophy can be mounted years later and still turn out great.
With birds, feathers are the key to a great looking mount. Try to keep them as neat as possible during transport. If you lose a tail feather keep it with the bird, often times it can be reattached. Do not field dress. Tuck the head under a wing. Place your bird in an air tight bag, wings folded, and freeze.
After caping your specimen, for caping instructions, see caping). Fold the skin in half, back to front, flesh to flesh Roll this up and bring it over the head covering the face ( this will preserve the thin skin on the face). Place in the freezer in a plastic bag, tied shut.
For small game- do not field dress, simply freeze whole with legs extended. Wrap it with a plastic bag and freeze it.
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