We do our very best to be available for you, but in the case we’re not available, do the following:

Because fish lose their color quickly after being caught, take good pictures to capture the coloration. Then wrap your fish completely in a wet towel, set in a plastic bag and freeze. 

Small Mammals
It’s best to put the specimen in a plastic bag and freeze it as soon as possible to prevent bacteria from ruining the hide, especially during warmer weather.

Put the bird into a plastic bag and freeze.  Take care not to bend any feathers, tie the bag loosely around long tail feathers.

Caping for a Shoulder Mount

1. Your starting point will be approx 6 inches from behind it’s front legs (figure 2a).  Then slit the skin around the legs just above the knees.

2. Peel the skin forward up to the ears and jaw exposing the head/neck junction. Cut the neck off approximately three inches down from this junction.

3.  Please call Matt at 231-878-9882 with any questions.

How to prepare for taxidermy
Figure 2A
How to prepare fish for taxidermy
Figure 2B
How to prepare birds for taxidermy
Figure 3

Skinning Life-Size Big Game

Flat Incision Taxidermy Illustration
Figure 1

The areas to be cut are shown in Figure 1. Make these slits (cutting the feet free from the carcass) and pull the skin off the carcass. The head/neck is detached with the skin.