Wildlife Designs Taxidermy Studio
Field Care
Big Game. Once your effort has been rewarded it is now time to begin the first steps with preserving your trophy. If a shoulder mount is what you desire be sure to stay at least 5 inches behind the front shoulders with your cuts. Refer to my caping instruction for proper skinning. 

If a life-size or ¾ mount is in order we prefer the dorsal cut. This is done by skinning from the center of the back, and relief cuts on the underside of the legs. To start make first cut from the center of the back, Start with a small hole to remove the body, if you need more room to remove the body, cut up towards the base of the skull and the base of the tail. You may detach the head from the neck. Reverse the legs and detach at the wrist or elbow. A relief cut is a small cut from 5 - 12 inches on the back of the limbs to help remove the arm from the wrist.

For a Rug you would cut from center of belly up towards chin and base of tail. On the front legs cut down the center of the leg to the belly incision. For the rear legs cut from rear of pad along the hairline on the back of the leg. 

Always remove extra meat and fat if left on the hide. Be sure to let cool as soon as possible. Freeze the skin if possible or deliver ASAP. Do not roll up the hide if warm, the hair and skin will insulate the skin and not allow it to cool or even freeze causing bacteria and hair slip.. Salt may also be liberally applied to help cure the skin. Bears will begin the hair slipping process much faster than other game animals so be sure to care for them properly and efficiently. If you need to remove the head follow the caping instruction I have provided for deer, the basic instruction will work for all specimens

Small Game. Bobcats, Coyotes, Ect. These specimens can spoil rather quickly if not properly cared for. Depending on your circumstances, Your first choice should be to freeze solid. Do not place a warm animal in a plastic bag and do not gut it. If a freezer is not an option you can follow the instructions above for skinning. For a pelt or wall hanging you may Case skin. This is done by making your first cut on the back of the rear legs, from leg to leg. Then you basically reverse the skin towards the head.

Birds. For birds let cool, freeze first if possible and then place in plastic bags to help prevent freezer burn. Always fold the head under one wing to help save room and to avoid breaking the neck off. Do not gut. 

Fish. If the Replica is what your looking for measure your fish from tip of upper mandible to end of tail, Then take a girth measurement from the widest point of the body for skin mounts of for fish to be molded simply roll up in plastic bags to help prevent freezer burn. Then freeze. Careful not do damage the tail once frozen.

Bryan Sengo
Wildlife Designs Taxidermy
Located in Wilton Ca. 
15 miles Southeast of Sacramento
(916) 813-6304