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I have never got one mounted but have a question on it. If I would like a head mount done, what preperations and how do I go about that? I take my deer to a butcher. Thanks
 

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First in your case . If you take it to a buthcer make sure you tell him you want it mounted so he Capes it for you . I prefer to do this myself cause you never know what kinda job your gonna get unless you kno the buthcer . Then keep the cape cool or immediately take it to a taxidermist . He'll take over from there . And make sure the butcher gives you the tag with the head . Alot of game officers check taxi shops to make sure all trophys are tagged and legal .
 

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Yeah, preferably have it caped immediatly. I almost lost a cape due to a butcher not caping it till the following day. Try and get it to your taxi asap and try to avoid freezing it.
 

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Yes do not freeze it I.E dont throw it in a cooler with bags of ice . You'll Ruin the hide . You could wrap the ice in a blanket or something I guess . But get the hide to the taxi asap . The better condition its in when he gets it the better your mount will be .
 

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Choose your taxidermist first....he can refer you to a butcher that capes deer properly. Most butchers don't really know how to cape a deer properly and could care less if it's done correctly. They want to get the hide off as quick as possible...they get paid to cut meat.

It's always a good idea to choose a taxidermist BEFORE you need one anyway. No late night pressure to find one that way. Your taxidermist will help guide you through all the things you need to do.
 

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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.
 

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I cant stress enough. Have ataxidermist cape it out before you plan on showing off the antlers. I love when guys bring me deer heads that have seen 4 to 5 hrs of road trips and then the guy expects you to mount it and not lose a cape. Thank god for stop rott.
 
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