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Tips and Tricks from Brad Jones Taxidermy to help ensure a beautiful trophy mount.

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What is the difference between a Largemouth Bass Replica and a Skin Mount?

Posted on March 21, 2015 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (7)

So what are the differences between a Largemouth Bass Replica and a Skin Mount?

There are two types of taxidermy mounts for a Largemouth Bass. A replica or a skin mount. As the description implies, a replica is a replication of the original fish. The skin mount literally uses the skin of the fish to create the finished mount.

There are pros and cons to each trophy creation. First, let us share a few pointers about the replica process. A replica costs more to create than a skin mount because of the materials involved. An actual prefabricated form is used in the process and will match the size of your fish.

Catch and release fans typically opt for a replica of the original fish.If you prefer this method, here is what you need to do.

• Catch a big fish.

• Take several photographs of your fish.

• Measure the length, and girth of the fish.

• If possible, weigh it.

• Release the fish.

This information is very important to provide to your taxidermist.

For the skin mount, keep your fish on ice and get to your taxidermist immediately. If you are not able to do that, you will need to wrap your fish in a plastic bag or wet towel and freeze. See our other blog on preparing your fish for the taxidermist.

Both methods create a beautiful piece of art, provide a lasting memory of the moment, and are always a wonderful conversation piece for the office or home. Happy fishing!


Why Sawtooth Oaks Are A Hunters Good Friend!

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We all know that the best hunting lands have plentiful food sources to draw and hold the wildlife. If you are looking to quickly improve your hunting oasis you might look into planting a few Sawtooth Oaks. These oak trees are known to be one of fastest growing trees in its youth. Not only does it grow quickly but yields acorns within just a few years of planting. As it grows the tree is a good shade tree as well and sports yellow to golden brown leaves in the fall. These trees reach about 70 feet in height once mature and have leaves similar to a chestnut though a little bit smaller.

We have been raising Sawtooths for a few years, and planted hundreds of them on our properties. The photo below shows a tree that was planted as a seedling four years ago. We see numerous acorns that will drop this year. We have a variety of trees for sales in McDonough, GA or in Falls of Rough, Kentucky and provide hunting land consultations. Give us a call at 678.583.0994 or visit us at


How To Prepare Fish For Taxidermy Mount

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (1)

As soon as you get off the water put your fish on ice. If possible put any fish you plan to mount into a plastic bag. Ideally you don't want the fish sitting in water after it has expired. This typically causes the fish to absorb water and can cause the scales to fall out.


Your best bet is to get your fish to the taxidermist as soon possible. If you are able to deliver within a day after your catch, keep the fish on ice.


If it will be several weeks, simply wrap the fish tightly in a plastic trash bag and freeze.


If you need to wait any longer, you really should wrap the fish in a wet towel and then put into the trash bag. Make sure the towel is really wet as this helps prevent freezer burn. This process also helps stabilize and secure the tail fin. Please do not use newspaper.


When you are ready to have the fish mounted, make arrangements to deliver to taxidermist but keep the fish frozen and wrapped as noted above.


How To Cape a Deer for Taxidermy Mount

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (1)

It is always suprising to me how many clients bring in their trophy buck and look foward to having us create an artistic deer mount but have failed to prepare the cape properly.  Later this season I am going to post a short video with tips on how to prepare your deer cape for a taxidermist.  In the meantime, I hope these few pointers will help.

If you are field dressing the deer, and preparing the cape yourself, make sure you leave excess hide for taxidermist to work with.  We will cut off the excess.  The number one problem we encounter is when the deer is being field dressed, the cape is cut too far up past the legs into the brisket. This can really effect the quality of the shoulder mount.  Leave more, not less.

If you are taking your deer to a deer cooler make sure the deer head doesn't stay hanging longer than three days.  Your meat will be fine, but the deer head needs to be delivered to your taxidermist as soon as possible.  You must be diligent about this if you plan to have a mount.  Bacteria is likely to set in if it's left hanging any longer than that and can cause hair slippage on the cape.  And make sure they leave excess hide.  The coolers get very busy and often hurry in their work.  Be adamant that you are having a mount created and to use care when preparing.

If you are not sure if you will mount the deer we recommend you go ahead and have it caped out.  If caped and stored correctly, the hide will last just fine in the freezer.  For example, we charge $40 to cape out your deer and can return it to you rolled up about the size of a football.  If you elect to mount the deer later, we'll credit the caping fee towards the mounting.   If this process is not done correctly you risk freezer burn to your cape.

If for some reason your hide is ruined, your next best option is to ask your taxidermist or deer cooler if they have a cape you can purchase.  Call Brad Jones Taxidermy with questions relating to your big buck taxidermy mount!