When you begin to field dress start at the anus, cut around the genitals towards the sternum. Try to make this cut up the center of the belly as short and straight as possible. At this point if it is at all possible bring the trophy to your Taxidermy Studio and we will be more than happy to take care of skinning your trophy for you.
There are 2 methods we use for skinning Mammals: Ventral and Dorsal. The Ventral method is used for rugs and lifesize mounts. The Dorsal method is our preferred method for skinning a trophy for a lifesize mount. But if you are skinning in the field please use what is more comfortable for you!Ventral Method:
Now you will need to fold the skin with the hair facing out. Slide the skin into a bag and put directly into a freezer! Your skin is now safe until you can get to your Taxidermy Studio!
*It is very important to leave legs cape and armpits long. The newer forms and custom pedestal displays will often use more skin than in years past!
Try to keep the bird as clean as possible. If your bird is bloody wash the bird with cold water in the same direction the feathers lay. Place a cotton ball or paper towel into the birds mouth and vent to keep bodily fluids out of the feathers.
We like to wrap turkey heads with a wet hand towel or paper towels to help protect from freezer burn. This will aid in capturing more detail during the freeze dry process. If possible fold the birds head under a wing. Slide the bird into a bag and put directly into a freezer. Your bird is now cared for until you can get it to your Taxidermy Studio!
For those catch and release anglers we offer high quality reproduction fish mounts. All we need from you are 3 key things.