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How should an animal be presented to the taxidermist for the best possible mount? I am hoping to tag a bobcat and want to know the best way to handle it for a good mount.
 

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If your not sure take the entire animal to him. If you don't know how to skin, or have never skinned an animal before, you could do more damage than good.
 

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It's probably just like a turkey. Take him the whole thing.
 

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Don't shoot it in the head. Try to keep it as blood free as you can. Try to keep it as dry as you can. Don't gut it. Don't let it lay in the back of your truck for days showing it off. Hope this helps.
 

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of course with a cat take the whole animal to whoever is doing it for you. gently blot off and excess blood with a paper towel. if the animal is wet do this for the water as well.
 

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What would be the best way to dispatch when you are going to get a mount. I was going to shoot in the head but maybe thats not best?
 

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injection? im not a trapper but hear people who stick them with some chemical mixture to stop their heart.
 

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A simple .22 through the lungs is easy, and easy to repair and conceal. Plus it saves the skull if you want to get that cleaned as well. It is important to get a bobcat cooled down as quickly as possible, then freeeze it whole if you cant get it to the taxidermist. Check out the PTA website for proper handling proceedures. http://www.pataxidermy.com
 

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Potter bound I assume your trapping because you said you would shoot it in the head.Bobcats are known to choke easily.Just put a catch pole around its neck and tighten it up.Very fast.That's why it's recommended to not use a catch pole on a cat you're going to release.
 
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