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Question:  What should I do first thing after the hide is off the animal?
Answer:  Assuming you are going to mount this animal and have saved enough hide for the particular position you desire, you should remove as much meat and fat from the hide as you feel comfortable doing. Then roll the hide up flesh to felsh, put in a cloth bag, and freeze as soon as possible (ASAP).
Q:  How soon will the hide start to spoil?
A:  Remember that decomposition starts as soon as the animal expires so time and temp will affect the decomposition and will vary with the weather.  Forty degrees Fahrenheit and above is when bacterial growth starts.
Q:  What is hair slippage?
A:  Hair slippage can be attributed to two main causes.  Bacterial growth (hide temperature exceeded 40 degrees F.) and Mechanical slip also known to be caused by dragging the animal. Some animals will naturally have hair loss due to shedding, rubbing, fences, or mating.
Q:  If I catch a fish that I want to mount, what steps are to be taken?
A:  First and most important is to take good color photos of the fish immediately after it has been taken from the water. Take length and girth measurements.  We can reproduce the entire fish in fiberglass and paint if good photos are taken. If you wish to have the fish itself mounted, it should be coated with borax and wrapped with newspaper, to preserve colors immediately after catching. Freeze ASAP. If you use borax to coat the fish, the fish cannot be consumed.
Q:  What kind of cut do I use for a deer while capeing it out if I want a shoulder mount done?
A:  I would recommend a "Y" or "T" incision towards the antlers. Make sure you leave enough hide (i.e. brisket and back) for your desired position for your mount.  Please see the illustration below.

Q:  If I want to mount a bird that I shot, what should I do to keep it until I can get it to you?
A:  I would recommend that you fold the head under the wing and insert the entire bird into a plastic newspaper bag and freeze it ASAP. Put some cotton balls into the mouth and vent/anus to help prevent blood and fluids from staining the feathers. If you are hunting waterfowl or any migratory birds, be sure to tag it with the proper information before transporting it from the field.
Q:  Do you stuff pets?
A:  No. 
Q:  I have an old deer mount and some damage has been done to the ears and cracking around the nose and eyes. Can you fix something like this?
A:  Yes. We will have to see the severity of the damage but repairs can be made in most all cases.
Q:  What kind of salt should I use to dry my elk hide?
A:  NON-IODIZED SALT. The finer the salt the better as it can be rubbed into the flesh the best. Medium grain salt can be used but under no circumstances should table salt or rock salt be used.
Q:  My husband's elk has been hanging on the wall for many years and it is covered with dust. How can I clean it without doing any damage?
A:  This is a very common problem that can be easily solved. A vacuum hose attatchment with fine soft bristles can be used to remove dust brushing softly with the grain of the hair. A cotton Q-Tip moistened with water can be used to lightly wash the eyes. Be careful around eyelids as some paints are water based and can be wiped off with water. If this is a job you would rather not do, we offer a cleaning service and would be happy to discuss our pricing over the phone.