While you will probably carry the memories of a prized whitetail hunt with you for the rest of your life, a mounted trophy can provide a tangible reminder of a wonderful hunt. An experienced taxidermist can work wonders with an animal to produce a stellar trophy, but to ensure the highest quality trophy, you must make certain that you provide the taxidermist with the best material with which to work.
Ultimately, the quality of the completed mounted trophy is your responsibility as a hunter. It is you who has control over everything from choosing a taxidermist to the in-field care of the skins. If you shirk even one of these responsibilities, your mount will suffer.
One of the most common mistakes that many people make is to begin looking for a good taxidermist after their whitetail hunt instead of before. This can often result in rash decisions and can even cost extra. If you are planning to hunt at our ranch, there is a good chance that a taxidermist may already be on site. Eight Point ranch makes arrangements for this and can even arrange to have your mounted trophy shipped to you. If you are searching for a taxidermist on your own, take the time to evaluate the shop’s previous work and discuss prices as well as the amount of time that it will take to complete the job. You should also talk to the shop to find out what is required in order to produce the best possible final mount.
Taxidermists frequently report that at least 60 percent of the skins they receive for mounting have a problem. The most common of those problems are a lack of sufficient skin to produce a full shoulder mount or hair slippage. Careless skinning and bullet damage are also common problems.
In preparing the skin in the field, it is important to make sure that you leave a minimum of one and a half feet of excess skin on the cape. Taxidermists do not have a problem with having to trim away too much pelt, but it can certainly be a problem when they do not have enough to work with.
Skinning the head can certainly be a challenge, especially if you’ve never done it before. If you do not have experience in this area, it’s a good idea to let someone with more experience handle the task for you.
When it comes to slipped hair, taxidermists can usually produce a mount so that the problem areas are not readily visible, provided that there is only a patch or two. Slippage is almost always the result of poor trophy care. Either the hunter did not take the time to remove the skin in a proper and prompt manner or it was not salted adequately. To ensure the skin is cared for properly, it is important for the hide to be completely fleshed with all muscle tissue and fat to be removed. This will allow the salt to penetrate the hide completely.
So, if you are planning for some whitetail hunting in Texas this season, give our ranch a call and book in advance.
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