To help ensure a better final mount, we will cape your trophy free of charge.
If you prefer to cape your own trophy, here are some tips that will help! And don’t hesitate to call us (712-726-3080) if you need help.
On whitetail and mule deer we prefer you tube out the neck as explained below. This way we can use what we call a short incision when mounting. This just means less stitching for us and less chance of a seam showing. If you open them up its not the end of the world! On any other big game animal, its best to open them up down the back. Opening them up makes skinning easier and helps in drying the hide down.
Skinning using a dorsal cut will often make the mounting process easier. Depend on your guide if one is available, or bring your trophy to us for skinning. If it makes things easier for you to open your animal up(see rug diagram), that isn't a big problem.
Have confidence in your professional guide if you’re on a guided hunt. You can contact us anytime if you have questions. The hide is best frozen until you can deliver it to us. Leaving your hide thawed for too long can lead to slippage of the hair.
If you can’t bring the birds in fresh, it's best to freeze the entire bird in a heavy freezer bag, any bag will work for short term storage. Tuck the head under a wing, bag and freeze. We inspect each bird before mounting to ensure you have a quality specimen to grace your wall. Birds are one of the least forgiving specimens.