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Taxidermy comes up more times than not amongst friends and fellow hunters. One of the things as hunters we think about is “What do I do if I shoot a giant buck? How do I get it out of the woods? Who do I take it to? How do I cape it out? Will my processor know how to cape it for me?” These are all good questions. So we sat down with the experts here at SlickTrick and asked them to share their advice on the matter.
“Who do I take my trophy to?”
This is just a piece of the puzzle and requires some research. Some taxidermists specialize in certain animals and not others so be sure to ask what their specialty is. Look at and visit all taxidermists in the area and review their work - a good taxidermist will have nothing to hide and will answer all your questions and show you around. These folks are artists and typically love showing you their work and processes. Don’t pretend to know something that you don’t, so ask all questions that come to mind.
Do your best to have a taxidermist selected before season starts. Be selective and skeptical of a taxidermist that tells you he can provide a cheap price, quick turnaround and grade “A” quality. Your trophy is something that is going to hang on display for many years to come. Generally, a good artist charges for his/her work and it may take some time to produce quality work. Once you determine who you are going to use, keep in mind you are now a “TEAM” and you have to do your part to produce the quality mount of a lifetime. In this visit ask how they prefer to cape the animal out (each taxidermist is a little different). If you don’t cape your own deer, ask if they can do it for an added charge? If possible, have your taxidermist cape your trophy animal, as it allows them to take any measurements needed to recreate this deer to a life-like form. Don’t assume your processor knows how to cape the animal for your taxidermist.
Here are some standard tips from taxidermists to ensure a beautiful mount:
By following these steps you will set your taxidermist up for success, and they will be able to do their part as a TEAM to provide you with a quality piece of work that will last for many years to come.