Big Game Heads: Capes should be cut according to the pictures below. Cut the cape longer if in doubt. Bring it in within a day or two depending on temperatures, or freeze it. When gutting an animal for a head mount, stop at the rib cage for the best mount quality. It is best to wipe wet blood off the hide.
Beware of any special CWD rules for deer, elk, moose, and caribou. When transporting or importing these species to Minnesota, be aware of regulations. You may need to fully cape the heads out in order to bring it to me. Call me ahead of time for questions. Please note I have a North Dakota location in Grand Forks for skinning out North Dakota deer, elk, and moose.
Big Game Life-size and rugs: If possible, call before skinning or gutting a life-size mount for best skinning options. Life-size hides and rugs should be skinned like the bear picture, with straight cuts. Don’t cut hair or parts of hide off. Wipe as much blood off the hide as possible.
Small Game: Bring small game in ASAP for proper skinning. If not able to bring it right away, freezing it whole is best the best option. Either way, wipe wet blood off of hide if possible. To freeze it, stretch it out with the front legs extended forward and back legs extended backward to cool it and freeze faster. Freezing in this position allows for easier skinning while still semi-frozen, helping to prevent spoilage which can happen quickly with small animals.
Skulls mounts: Should be brought in fresh or frozen. Remove hide and as much of the eyes, brain, and meat as possible.
Fish: Should be wrapped in an old wet towel then placed in a plastic bag laying flat in the freezer. This will protect the fins and the fish from damage and help prevent freezer burn.
Birds: Should be as clean as possible and frozen whole quickly. Double bag them in Ziplock or garbage bags with as much air removed as possible. Tuck head under wing when possible. For turkey fan-only mounts, the tail section can be removed and frozen, but leave adequate amount of feathers for mount, along with beard and feet if spurs are desired.