Good Field Preparation
Good field preparation is essential and will save you money. When it’s time for transporting your trophy back from your trip make sure to follow our instructions on how to dress your animal. Bad field preparation can ruin your trophy and incur unnecessary costs. Professional Guides/Outfitters should all know how to prepare your trophy; however, there are many hunters and fishermen that do not know the best way to preserve their trophy while in the filed. Below are some guidelines to use. Make sure to always contact Sportsman’s Addiction Bugling Elk Taxidermy BEFORE shipping or bringing your trophy to us for any last minute instructions for the type of mount you want. Make sure (even on professional hunts) you take a camera and all the necessary equipment you will need for preserving your trophy so you minimize unnecessary problems and expenses.

Fish (skin mount)
We do not recommend this type of mount due to the cost of the trophy and it’s appearance through time.Bugling Elk Taxidermy

Today, fiberglass technology has given the taxidermist an artistic edge. This is helping to preserve our world wide fishery for future generations.
The artistry of the taxidermists today specializes in fiberglass reproduction mounts, so you can tag and release your trophy.

Fish (fiberglass mount)

With these measurements you will receive a mount that is often hard to distinguish from a skin mount. Note: A fish will lose its coloration shortly after being caught. A good color photograph immediately after the catch may enable the taxidermist to duplicate the natural color tones of that particular fish, whether its skin mounted or fiberglass.

Bugling Elk TaxidermyBirds
Please note: Migratory waterfowl regulations may differ from state to state and may require special tags. Please phone us prior to shipping about getting these tags and we can ensure the requirements needed. Without this, you will not be able to ship.

Game Heads

Freezing Mammals
The most common problem with freezing mammals is the drying out of the ears, feet and face. This can make it more difficult to properly skin and prepare your mammal for mounting. For all mammals, wipe or rinse as much blood off the hide as possible, then do the following:

  1. Wrap the face with a wet towel. Be sure to cover the nose and ears. Use more than one towel if needed. Place a heavy plastic bag over the towel, squeeze as much air out of the bag as you can and use tape to keep it in place.
  2. For deer or other horned or antlered animals, wrap each ear with a separate wet towel and place a plastic bag over each ear. Then wrap the face from the bases and over the nose with another wet towel.
  3. Wrap each foot and the tail (except the tail on bear) in a wet towel and place a plastic bag over each one.
  4. If the animal is skinned, fold the skin flesh side to flesh side and fold or roll it up. Now place the entire animal or skin into a heavy plastic bag. I prefer Hefty Steel Sacks - they are the most durable and the most difficult to puncture. If the animal has horns, allow them to stick out of the bag if possible.
  5. Get as much air as possible out of the bag and tie or seal it shut. Seal the bag around the bases of antlers with tape. You need to keep as much air out of the bag as you can.
Now place the animal in a freezer near the bottom, if possible, so it freezes quickly. Wrapped like this, it will be in fine shape for several months and should cause no problems for any taxidermist you choose to bring it to.