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Preparing Birds For Taxidermy

How To Prepare Upland Birds & Waterfowl For Mounting

When picking up birds from the ground, always pick them up by their feet as any bleeding occurring from their mouth will them fall on the ground and not on their feathers. Do not use any type of game carriers as they will tear skin or dislodge feathers.

Do not field dress the bird as this will also get blood on the feathers and create unnecessary sewing from these incisions. If possible, place grass or cotton in the throat area to stop blood from exiting the mouth area. Keep the bird as straight as possible while transporting so tail feathers do not get bent or damaged.

Place the bird(s) in a plastic bag, tuck head(s) under wing, seal bag and place in a freezer ASAP taking care to keep the bird(s) as straight as possible.

Preparing Fish

Soak a towel and wrap the fish in it. Then place the fish in a plastic bag and freeze. Make sure to label the bag, so that in 3 months you'll know what it is!

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Preparing Big Game

Do not cut the throat area. Stop your incision for field dressing just short of the front legs. When skinning, cut a circle around the animal just behind the front legs.

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Preparing Birds

When picking up birds from the ground, always pick them up by their feet as any bleeding occurring from their mouth will them fall on the ground and not on their feathers.

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