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How To Cape a Deer for Taxidermy Mount

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM

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!

Categories: Taxidermy Tips - Deer

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Reply Brad Jones
9:38 AM on August 2, 2014 
I will create a short video soon on how to cape a deer but in the meantime, hope my latest blog is helpful to our hunter friends.