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Kurt Hergenrother
3785 N. Hergenrother Rd
Pleasant Plains, IL 62677

Phone 217-801-2848

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Trophy Care

Before the Hunt

Taking a once in a lifetime hunt or your yearly hunting trip out West?

Before harvesting an animal or going on a hunt please contact Creative Whitetails Taxidermy. I will advise you on proper skinning methods and measurements that will help later in the mounting process. Never salt a skin unless instructed by the taxidermist. Improper fleshing before salting can create problems and raises the freezing point which inhibits proper freezing. Only have salting done if freezing is not an option and after the skin is properly fleshed.

Remember - HEAT & MOISTURE are the two main reasons for hair loss.

ANTELOPE hunters - try to keep as much blood off the hide as possible as blood will STAIN the white hairs resulting in permanent discoloration.

Field Care Instructions

Poor care of your trophy after the harvest can mean unattractive mounts, costly repair work, or complete loss of the specimen. The amount of care you take of your trophy in the field has everything to do with the quality of the finished product. Following these guidelines will insure your trophy will arrive at my shop in good condition.

  • DO NOT cut the throat.
  • DO NOT hang the specimen by the neck with a rope.
  • DO NOT cut down the back or up the brisket.
  • DO NOT get the hide wet.
  • DO NOT drag the animal if possible, especially on the shoulders.
  • ALWAYS get the animal to the taxidermist immediately.
  • ALWAYS freeze your trophy immediately if you can't get to the taxidermist right away.
  • ALWAYS save plenty of hide. Too much is better than too little. See pictures below as an example on where to cut.

field care step 1 - Circle the body behind the shoulder at approximately the mid-way point of the rib cage behind the front legs. Slit the skin around the legs just above the knees. field care step 2 - Slit the skin around the legs just above the knees. An additional slit will be needed from the back of the legs. field care step 3 - Peel the skin forward up to the ears and jaw exposing the head / neck junction. Cut into the neck approximately three inches down from this junction, Circle the neck cutting down to the spinal column.

Home Care of your Trophy

Now that you have invested in preserving your trophy, here are some recommendations related to caring for you specimen.

  • If at all possible, avoid placing the mount in direct sunlight.
  • Avoid locations of excessive heat.
  • Keep your mount in a location where it will not get overly handled.
  • Mounts should be secured properly.
  • Keep the mount in an insect-free environment.
  • Mounts can be gently cleaned by wiping with a damp, soft, white cloth.
  • Eyes can be cleaned using a product such as Windex and a cotton swab.
  • Antlers and horns can be cleaned with a damp, soft cloth. Be careful not to 'clean' too aggressively, as you might remove the natural patina of the horns or antlers.
  • Mounts should be placed out of the reach of pets.
  • For badly stained or damaged mounts, consult your taxidermist for recommendations.

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