Trophy Prep.

Rugs & Life-size Cuts - These cuts are used for all rug and life-size mounts, EXCEPT life-size mounts are not cut up the throat. The skull is removed through an incision in back of the neck, the same as for a head mount. But do not detach the cape from the rest of the skin. Leave hooves or claws attached to the hide. Be sure to skin the tail and toes out to the last joint.
Head mounts     

Head Mounts - You must tag and insure all goods. Study diagrams; cut up the back of the neck. Your second cut crosses between the horn basis to form a 'T'. Cut the cape very long, at the center or behind the shoulder. Leave plenty of excess skin at the brisket. This is very important. When head, skin, and feet are to be used, preferably leave skin intact. As you are removing the skin from the skull, go slow. Be very careful at the eyes. Do not cut off the eyelids. Use your finger as a guide. Cut close to the skull at the lip and the nose area. I suggest you cut behind front legs or leave the hide in one piece. Saving the skull is not required for head mounts or rugs. Save only the top of the skull with the horns attached. Cut through the center of the eyes as shown in the illustration. Wash the blood off white sheep capes or hide. Blood stains these animals. Do not shoot them in the neck.
We suggest you personally inspect and permanently punch, mark, and tag each of your trophy parts. Be sure every inch of skin is well salted. If salt is not available, keep refrigerated or frozen.

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