Extracts from: "A
Guide for Sportsmen on the Field care and
Preparation of Trophies and specimens for Taxidermy"
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- Trophy Caping and
- A cut is first made behind
the shoulder of the animal straight around the body, and between
the front legs (diagram 1) so that plenty of skin is obtained.
Proceed then to cut along the back of the neck to a point behind
the ears (diagram 2) The skin can then be carefully peeled/fisted
off up to the base of the skull, where the head is severed from
the neck. The head and neck skin (cape) should then be left for
a short while to drain of blood if need be. Note that an animal
acquired for this type of trophy mount should never be bled from
the throat, and that the skin should never be cut along it's
front surface. IF YOU ARE IN ANY DOUBT ABOUT HOW MUCH SKIN TO
TAKE, ALWAYS TAKE MORE THAN YOU FEEL NECESSARY - IT CAN ALWAYS
BE CUT SHORTER. Once drained of excess fluids, the trophy and
attached cape should be placed in a hessian or cloth sack for
transportation to ourselves. Never place a fresh cape into a
plastic sack, as this can cause it to 'sweat', which would aid
bacterial growth, rendering the skin practically useless and
requiring a replacement skin. If the trophy cannot be delivered
for a day or two, it is better to freeze it. If this is to be
done, place the trophy and cape in a plastic sack for freezing,
making sure that all extremities such as ears are covered to
prevent freezer burn.
- Winged Specimens
- Once a good specimen is
selected, a small plug of cotton wool or tissue paper can be
placed inside the mouth to prevent any blood loss. The body should
then be wrapped in absorbent material. The specimens are now
ready to be frozen. Either place them as they are into a number
of plastic bags, each specimen into a separate bag, or place
them individually into a ladies stocking and then into plastic.
- If you are a professional
stalker or game keeper and wish to receive a FREE laminated version
of this Trophy Caping and Field Care guide, specially designed
for the game larder contact NNH.
- If you require details
of how to pack trophies for a courier delivery to Northern Natural
History please get in touch.
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