My daughter shot her first buck in this past rifle season, a nice little 6pt. She wanted a shoulder mount done, so I carefully skinned it from the butt down, leaving the neck/shoulder area uncut (removed from the deer, of course and cut the neck off behind the head.
I put the head/hide into a plastic bag and have it in an upright freezer to keep it from spoiling.
I do need to get it to a taxi, though.
I've used one in the past that did good work, but the last mount I had him do for me didn't turn out very well at all, and I'm not anxious to take her first buck there.
I'm in the Cabela's area (within 10 min drive of the store).
Who in that area does a good whitetail mount for not outrageous pricing? I'm not concerned about wait times if they're long. Just that it results in a good outcome.