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Proper care after a kill

Was just wondering what the recommended steps were for proper carcass care after a kill. Hoping to get coyote, fox, bobcat, or snowshoe in the next few weeks and wanted to make it as easy as possible for the taxidermist. Just freeze them whole? I appreciate the help
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Re: Proper care after a kill

I was told by my Taxi to put it in a plastic bag and freeze it whole. If you don't have a big enough freezer then get some pictures and take it to a taxidermist. Then it is there baby to take care of.
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Re: Proper care after a kill

I prefer my clients to get the animal to me in a few hours so I can take care of it. If that is not an option, they can freeze the animal whole. Place the animal in a plastic bag, one from both ends if needed. The legs and head can be tucked close to the body, but I prefer the body to be stretched out not rolled into a ball when frozen. You can try to get as much air out as possible, but this can be tough with whole animals the size of a coyote or bobcat. The next option, which is usually for clients heading out of state, is to get it to a close and reputable taxidermist that is willing to skin and salt dry the animal.

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Re: Proper care after a kill

The option of freezing whole is only if it will be for a short period of time. Before long the animal will start to freezer burn.

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Re: Proper care after a kill

Yes I too prefer fresh animals over the frozen ones, but that rarely happens anymore .that being said keep blood off as much as possible, big holes need stuffed with a tag to keep that blood of the fur.
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