Re: proper way to cape a deer for shoulder mount?
haha, if you don't know what you're doing, then your best bet is to skin it down as far as possible, cut the head off and let them do it.
As for the "back" part of the cape, I usually leave everything from just behind the front legs forward attached so there is extra hide there. They can trim off what they don't need but can't "grow" any back if you cut it off.
"I suppose it is the way of hunters. We are very odd fellows." ~ Peter Hathaway Capstick