FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT TAXIDERMY IN GENERAL
Now that only the head hide (cape) has been cut within the above picture; start separating the cape from the neck carcass; stop at the base of the ears.
Q. Do I need to leave any neck meat/carcass for mannikin measurements?
A. YES. Leave the taxidermist about 3"-4" (inches) of neck meat/carcass.
The last measurement needed for a head mount is the neck circumference.
Do NOT skin past the ear base! Now the head is free from the main body leaving a neck meat carcass of approx. 4"
Q. Where should I cut off my deer head hide (cape) for a head mount?
A. ALWAYS leave the taxidermist enough cape (head skin) to do whats called
a "Full Shoulder Mount." A lot of hunters make the MISTAKE of cutting off
their deer/elk/antelope etc. cape off to short! What is to short? I usually
tell my hunters to cut off the cape in a circular cut just in front of the front
legs. This will leave plenty of skin for the taxidermist to make a full
shoulder mount. IN
OF FRONT LEGS IS EVEN BETTER. You don't
need to cut the full Y incision; just stop cutting cape at the point between
the base of the ears. Let the taxidermist finish the Y cut towards the antler
The following set of preparation information is for customers who are going to have a Head Mount done; Deer, Elk, Moose, Antelope Etc.
they come to the taxidermist..... (Can also apply to small game head mounts)