Youíve spent countless hours studying trail camera pictures, keeping track of bucks since bow season.* You have been diligent with slipping in and out of the woods and keeping your scent down.* Itís all paid off, and now youíve tagged a trophy buck.* What you do now will impact the quality of your mount and […]
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Youíve spent countless hours studying trail camera pictures, keeping track of bucks since bow season.* You have been diligent with slipping in and out of the woods and keeping your scent down.* Itís all paid off, and now youíve tagged a trophy buck.* What you do now will impact the quality of your mount and the work your taxidermist faces.* Take care of your buck, and your taxidermist will appreciate the effort.* Here is advice from Laban Johnson, of Labanís Taxidermy. on what to do prior to meeting with your taxidermist.
MOVE QUICKLY
Hunters need to think about timing.* Be sure to get all the pictures you want of your trophy, but the clock is ticking.* You should deliver your buck within 6 hours of harvesting, based on Virginiaís average temperatures.* If itís warmer, you have less time – or a little more if itís colder.* If you canít hit that time frame, place it in two plastic bags and put it in a freezer – or cool it as much as possible.* If not, bacteria sets in that will open the hair follicles which will lead to hair slippage on the hide.* This may require a new hide or cape for your mount.
MAKE GOOD CUTS * **
If you take your buck to a game processor, It wouldnít hurt to ask him if he knows the proper way of skinning the deer for mounting purposes.* If not, consider finding another processor or learning to cape deer yourself.* Whether using a game processor or doing it yourself, make sure not to wet the cape or hide of the deer.* Reducing the growth and spread of bacteria is critical. Second, avoid cutting the hide too short and not leaving enough for hide mounting.* Also, reduce the number of knife cuts that may affect the hide and quality of the mount.* * * * * * * * * * * * *
KEEP IT CLEAN
Making life easier on your taxidermist will help go a long way.* Laban reminds hunters to not make unnecessary knife cuts that may not leave another material to work with.* Also, minimize delivering dirty or bloody hides and capes.

See Labanís work online labanstaxidermy.com
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