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FIELD CARE INSTRUCTIONS - Deer, Birds, Small Game and Fish

DEER - SHOULDER MOUNTS

As you are skinning your trophy, make your incisions as shown in the figures 2A, 2B, and 3, below:

Don't cut hide any closer towards the head then the lines in the figures show.

Be careful not to cut any further forward than the back of the front legs. Skin cape up the neck, as close as you can get to the head, and cut off the carcass,

 being careful NOT to cut the hide. Clean off excess blood, let it cool down, and get it into cold (IN ICE) or frozen ASAP!

Always wear rubber gloves when field dressing your trophy!

DO NOT leave in the sun, cut the throat, tie rope around the neck or antler burrs to drag, or put in truck bed, over exhaust pipes, or on hood over the engine.


BIRD FIELD CARE

Rinse off any blood being careful NOT to damage the feathers.

For birds that are duck size or smaller:

You can take an old sock or stocking, cut the toe out of it, and carefully slide it over the birds head and around the body, making sure feathers and wings are in the right place. Then place bird in a plastic bag and freeze.

 

For birds larger than ducks:

 

Rinse off any blood and place in plastic bag, making sure that the feathers and wings are in proper place and then freeze.

 

 

For turkeys:

 

Wrap the heads up first in a paper towel to help keep blood off their feathers. Place in plastic bag with tail sticking out. DO NOT bend tail feathers

 

 and then place in freezer.

 

NOTE: Any Eagles, Ospreys, Songbirds, or Waterbirds are Federally protected and require that you have a special Federal permit before you can have them mounted.


SMALL GAME FIELD CARE

Anything Bobcat size or smaller is considered small game. Rinse off any blood that might be on the fur and once the body temperature is cooled down, put in plastic garbage bag and freeze ASAP!

DO NOT GUT OUT!

Road Kill:

If you find fresh killed road kill, make sure that there is no bad smell to it and rinse off any blood. Put in plastic garbage bag and freeze ASAP!

Check with your local Game and Fish Commission to see if you may need a road kill permit for what you have found. Most road kill animals make beautiful mounts. 

Due to parasites, rabies, and other diseases, be sure to wear rubber gloves when handling animals. 


FISH FIELD CARE

Fish:
Do not gut your fish.
If you cannot take your fish immediately to a taxidermist, wrap it in a very wet towel and put it in a plastic bag, making sure all the fins are flat against the fish's body (to prevent breakage) and freeze it. A fish frozen in this manner can safely be kept in the freezer for months.

Note: A fish will lose its coloration shortly after being caught. A good color photograph immediately after the catch may enable the taxidermist to duplicate the natural color tones of that particular fish.