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. With deer on its back make a shallow cut
through the skin just below the breastbone.
Make sure that you start your cut well away
from the brisket allowing plenty of uncut skin
for your shoulder mount. Insert two fingers
of the free hand, cradling the blade, to hold
the skin up and away from the entrails.
. Cut straight down the belly and around the
genitals,separating but not severing them from
the abdominal wall. Slit the belly skin all the way
to pelvic bone.
. Cut deeply around the rectum, being careful
not to cut off or puncture the intestine. Pull to make
sure the rectum is separated from tissue connecting
it to the pelvic canal. Pull the rectum out and tie string
tightly around it to prevent droppings from touching
the meat. Lift the animal's back quarter a bit,
reach into the front of the pelvic canal, and pull the
intestine and connected rectum into the stomach area.
. If you want to make a full shoulder mount,
do not cut open the chest cavity. Cut the diaphragm
away from the ribs all the way to the backbone area.
Reach into the forward chest cavity, find the esophagus
and windpipe, cut them off as far up as possible,
and pull them down through the chest.
. Roll the deer onto its side,
grab the esophagus with one hand
and the rectum/intestine with the
other. Pull hard.The deer's internal
organs will come out in one big
package with a minimum of mess.
Caping, the process of skinning out a trophy animal,
is best left to the taxidermist. Their experience
skinning, especially the delicate nose, mouth, eyes,
and ears is invaluable toward producing a quality mount.
Damage to a hide is costly to repair. Some types of
damage simply can not be "fixed" by the taxidermist.
Many trophies are ruined in the first few hours after
death. As soon as the animal dies, bacteria begins to
attack the carcass. Warm, humid weather accelerates
bacteria growth. In remote areas, or areas not near
your taxidermist, a competent person may be
required to cape out the hide in order to preserve it.
Every taxidermist has a preferred method of caping a
hide. Contact your taxidermist prior to your hunt in
order to get instructions on their caping requirements.
However, the following techniques are generally
Skinning Life-Size Big Game
There are two major methods of skinning for a large
life-size mount such as deer, elk or bear. These
methods are the flat incision and the dorsal method.
The Flat Incision
The flat incision is used for rug mounts and for a
variety of poses. The areas to be cut are shown
below. Make these slits (cutting the feet free from
the carcass) and pull the skin off the carcass. The
head is detached as with the shoulder mount.
Flat Incision Illustration
Note: If you can't take
your hide immediately
to a taxidermist, freeze
it to your taxidermist's
The Dorsal Method
The dorsal method of skinning involves a long slit
down the back(from the tail base up into the neck).
The carcass is skinned as it is pulled through this incision.
The feet/hooves and the head are cut off from the
carcass as with a shoulder mount explained later.Only
use this method with approval and detailed instruction
from your taxidermist. Use this method only when the
skin can be frozen quickly after skinning.
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