Caping for a shoulder mount.
A: Make incision
all the way around the animal’s body well behind the shoulder/elbow.
B: Make incision all the way around
both front knees.
C: Make incision from back of knees to body incision, making sure to follow the hair line on
the back of the front legs for deer. (Note: A B and C are the only cuts you should make on the skin.)
Do not make the 'C' incision and just 'pop' the cut off legs out.
D: Skin down until you are approximately
3 inches from the base of the ears or as far as you practically can. Cut all the way around the animal’s neck, through
the meat only, and then cut the neck bone with a saw, or twist off.
Place the head with the tube of skin attached into
a plastic bag and freeze, or take it directly to the Taxidermist.
If unable to get to your Taxidermist, the cape will survive in
a chiller for approx 36-48hrs depending on set temperature.
If no access to a chiller and or unable to get to your Taxidermist
soonest the last two options are to skin completely out and salt cape, or disregard the cape and source a replacement.