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Caping for shoulder mount
The best way to assure that your trophy is caped properly is to leave it for the taxidermist however; if it must be performed in the field, here are some helpful tips...
Do not cut into the brisket, chest or neck area.

Wash off any blood from the hair with
cold water as soon as possible.

With a sharp knife, slit the hide circling
the entire body approximately 6-8 inches
behind the front legs. You need to leave more
if your getting a half deer mount.

Slit the hide circling entirely around each
front leg just above the knees. Skip this step
if you are getting a half deer mount.

Cut a slit up the back of each front leg to
join with the body cut behind the leg area. Do
not cut legs off if you are getting a half body

Starting with the legs and body, carefully
peel back the skin while cutting, working
towards the head/ neck junction.
(take caution not to cut any holes in the cape).

Once at the head/ neck junction, cut into
the neck approximately 3-4 inches down,
circling the neck completely through to the
spinal column.

After this cut is complete, firmly grasp the
antler bases and twist the head off the neck.

Roll the cape to the skull and freeze

Animals, coyote sized or smaller, should not be skinned in the field but left for us to perform when brought in. Do not gut the animal.
Small mammals, especially carnivores, will spoil rapidly because of their thin hide and bacteria.
If the harvested animal cannot be brought in immediately, place it in a plastic bag and freeze it.
Small  Mammals

Do not gut the bird. Rinse off any blood on the feathers with cold water.

Unless the bird can be brought in immediately, wrap the head in a cloth or paper towel, and tie loosely to prevent any further blood from staining the feathers.

Fold the wings in a natural position tight against the birds body. Wrap the bird in a plastic bag being careful not to bend or break the tail feathers. The tail feathers may protrude from the bag if necessary. Place in freezer until ready to be taken to the taxidermist.

Avoid dragging the carcass on the ground and over rocks and stumps. Use a rope or other transport method to elevate the body high enough to avoid fur damage.