So, you harvested your trophy. Now what?

Field Care Tips

Proper technique for caping a deer

Deer Heads

To begin field care for deer, position the deer on its back and make a shallow cut through the skin just below the breastbone starting your cut behind the front legs and cutting completely around the body behind the shoulders. Cut around both legs 3" above the knees and cut up the back side of each leg until you hit the lower chest and the previous body cut. Once these cuts are complete, roll the cape down over the shoulders & neck and cut through the meat at the back of the skull. Place the deer in a plastic trash bag, but do not seal until the head cool. 


Once cool, seal the bag and place into the freezer or give us a call to drop it off! 

Birds

Field care for birds does not require gutting them. Please do not gut the bird. 


First you take the bird and rinse off any blood with cold water. Once the birds is cool, place in a plastic bag. If the bird's tail feathers do not fit in the bag do not bend them. Let the tail stick out of the bag and tie the bag loosely. 


Once cool, seal the bag and place into the freezer or give us a call to drop it off! 

Fish

Field care for fish does not require gutting them. Please do not gut the fish. 


Wrap the fish in a wet towel, place in a plastic bag (bread bags work well!) and freeze.


NOTE: A fish loses its coloration shortly after being caught. A good series a color photographs (head, back, side, fins, tail & whole fish) immediately after the catch will assist in us duplicating the natural color tones of your fish! If you're a catch & release fisherman, but would still like a replica of your catch, please take an overall length and girth measurement in front of the fish's dorsal fin in addition to photos. 


Once cool, seal the bag and place into the freezer or give us a call to drop it off! 

Small Mammals

Field care for mammals coyote sized or smaller does not require skinning them. Please do not skin your small mammals. 


Small mammals, especially carnivores tend to spoil quickly and should be frozen or brought to us as soon as possible. Once harvested, place in a plastic bag or bring immediately to taxidermist. 


Once cool, seal the bag and place into the freezer or give us a call to drop it off!

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