YOUR TROPHY FIELD CARE
There are many factors that go into a high quality
trophy mount. Each step done as best as possible will aid in the
overall quality and beauty of your trophy for years of enjoyment. You,
the hunter, play a vital roll in this overall process with the proper care
given in the field and home prior to delivering the specimen to me, the
To aid you in this process, I have outlined some
key points to make this a simpler process for you.
Preparation Field Kit:
Cotton balls, paper towels and an old pillow case. All of these will
fit nicely into a Zip-loc freezer bag to stay dry while in the field
First and foremost:
Treat the bird as gently as you would a fine garment. if at all possible
you, the hunter, should retrieve the bird to avoid any damage done by the
If the bird is still alive:
• DO NOT wring the
neck or strike it in the back of the head.
• DO NOT run a sharp
instrument from the underside or back of the head on the bird that is to
• For the best results employ
this method: in one hand hold the bird by the breast. With
the other hand start at the neck and run
the thumb and forefinger up the back and underneath the
wings. You should, then, feel the
soft tissue of the breathing lungs. Then with your finger-tips
placed on the lungs, pinch until the bird
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES field dress
the bird that is to be mounted.
DO NOT carry birds to be mounted by the
neck. Carry them by the feet where there are no feathers to be damaged.
Wipe off as much blood as possible.
Place a cotton ball in the mouth of any bird that is to be mounted to protect
the feathers from any fluids that may be leaking out.
To prevent the bird from spoiling:
• NEVER place the
bird in direct sunlight!
• NEVER place the
bird in a tightly closed plastic bag or a rubber lined game pouch before
has time to properly cool down.
The bird should be placed in a cooler
with ice as soon as possible.
To transport the bird from the
• Lay the bird on its back
• Fold the head and neck to one side of the body
• Place gently into the pillow case or a soft
• Set aside and carry out gently
Once you are home the bird needs
to be prepared for storage in the freezer:
• Remove the bird from the pillow case or garment.
• Wipe off as much blood as possible.
• With the bird in the same position, place inside
of a plastic bag and seal tightly making sure as much
air is removed as possible and none
of the tail feathers are bent.
• Place this inside a paper bag or wrap with
freezer paper and seal.
• Never wrap the bird so it is in direct contact
with paper. This will cause severe freezer burn and
ruin the bird.
• Do Not bend the
tail of any bird, especially pheasant or pintail. Use a bag or storage
that is big enough to avoid bending
• NEVER leave the
neck extended straight out from the body. This increases the chances
head and neck breaking off from
Deliver to your taxidermist as
soon as possible!
Master Waterfowl Taxidermist
23592 Mirabel Road
Middletown, CA 95461
Evenings & Weekends: 707-987-3472
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