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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
You can freeze a cape with the head still in it if you have to and have freezer space for it, but it must be fresh caped and allowed to cool some stretched out to disapate body heat( cool in cold air- stretching it out in the freezer is ok too if it is warm outside, but only for an hour or so, then bring it together and put it in a plastic bag after chilling). I skinned one last week that was fresh caped and just bought right on over- that is fine too! The neck meat was still warm!
To store a cape/head frozen, take a contractors trash bag and bring it over and above the antlers and tie it off, or wrap the bag ends around the antler bases just above the pedicals on the head, and secure to make air tight. You can store it frozen like this for months if need be.
As to butcher shops, some do a fine job of caping and storing until pick up. You may want to find a taxidermist before you even get the deer, and ask them who the good butchers are for both good caping and cold storage and for quality of processing the meat.