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Trophy Care for SportsmenImproper field care can ruin beautiful trophies. Animals, birds and fish all require different handling in the field. The final appearance of your trophy will only be as good as the care you give it before it is mounted.
Game heads, such as deer and antelope, seem to suffer more abuse than other trophies. Fortunately, the two leading causes of abuse - carelessness and lack of knowledge - are simple to correct.
It's easy to damage the hair of deer and antelope. Do everything possible to protect the head and shoulders of your trophy:
Care and Cleaning of a TrophyAlways hang deer heads on a strong nail or preferably a drywall screw driven into a stud.
Pick a spot to hang your trophy that's out of strong direct sunlight, which can bleach hair. Excessive heat from fireplaces and wood stoves may damage your mount by drying the skin too much. Locate your trophy away from heat sources.
Most importantly, place your trophy out of reach of children. Taxidermy art is not indestructible and definitely not child-proof.
To keep your trophies looking their best, dust them often with an old nylon stocking. Always wipe in the direction of the hair growth. Use a soft cloth to polish the eyes on mounts.
If you have doubts about cleaning your trophy, take it to your taxidermist. Most taxidermists will clean and repair their own work for little or no cost.
This pamphlet should answer your questions on trophy care. If not, please feel free to call with your questions.
In any case, the time to ask is before you leave on that big hunting trip. A properly mounted trophy will give you a lasting memento of your days spent outdoors. With a little effort on your part, you can have the most beautiful trophy possible.
Cut the Hide on the Dotted lines: