Caping for a Shoulder Mount
1. With a sharp knife slit the hide circling the body behind the shoulder at the approximately the mid-way point of
the rib cage behind the front legs. Slit the skin around the legs just above the knees. An additional slit will be needed
from the back of the leg and joining the body cut behind the legs. (Figure 2A and 2B)
2. Peel the skin forward up to the ears and jaw exposing the head/neck junction. Cut into the neck approximately three
inches down from this junction (Figure 3). Circle the neck cutting down to the spinal column. After this cut is complete,
grasp the antler bases and twist the head off the neck. This should allow the hide to be rolled up and put in a freezer until
transported to the taxidermist. These cuts should allow ample hide for the taxidermist to work with in mounting. Remember,
the taxidermist can cut off excess hide, but he can't add what he doesn't have!
NOTE: When field dressing a trophy to be mounted, don't cut into the brisket (chest) or neck area. If blood gets on
the hide to be mounted, wash it off with snow or water as soon as possible. Also avoid dragging the deer out of the woods
with a rope. Place is on a sled, rickshaw, or 4 wheeler. The rope, rocks, or a broken branch from a deadfall can easily damage
the fur or puncture the hide. If you do need to drag it out with a rope, attach the rope to the base of the antlers and drag
your trophy carefully.