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Something Wild Taxidermy
Something Wild Taxidermy | 10 Saleesh Dr. Thompson Falls, Mt. 59873 | (406)827-5180
Skinning for Taxidermy:

First of all, please Do Not slit your deer's throat to bleed it out! It is an old way of field dressing that serves no purpose, other than ruining your cape for your taxidermist. If you simply cannot give up this custom, we can usually supply you with a replacement cape at an additional charge. If you would like to read more on the subject of bleeding your deer, please click here.

Once you get a deer (or other mammal) that you would like to have mounted, it is very important to skin properly for taxidermy. The most common skinning mistakes we encounter, are capes that are cut too short. Many customers focus on the word "gamehead", which leads them to believe they only need to save the head and most of the neck. That is incorrect. We actually need the cape all the way down past the front shoulders. Within the taxidermy profession, this is why gamehead mounts are more correctly referred to as "shoulder mounts".
When you look at the diagram below, you will see that the cutting line around the body is all the way past the front shoulders! Please save the face skinning for us.

Skinning Instructions for Gameheads:

1. When gutting the animal, the abdominal incision should STOP at the brisket (A).

2. Cut completely around the animal at brisket (from AtoB, both sides)

3. Cut around the knees (C).

4. Cut up the backsides of the frontlegs (C to D).

5. Starting at horns, cut as shownfrom E to B.

This allows removal of body and neck from the cape,leaving head in.

Your taxidermist will skin out the head.

If you are unsure about the instructions, you may bring in the entire animal and we will skin it out for you.

Skinning Instructions for Rugs:

NOTE: It is important to always start at the foot.

1. On belly side, cut animal from anus to neck.

2. Front leg cuts are made starting just past the pads.

3. Cut from the middle of the wrist (A),

down the insidecenter to the chest.

4. Hind leg cuts are made from the heel (B) to the anus,

following the backside of the hind leg.

If it is not possible to deliver the skin to your taxidermist immediately, please freeze specimen or keep extremely cold. is dedicated to the promotion of Something Wild Taxidermy in Thompson Falls, Montana.
For more information on our taxidermy services, please contact Steve Fundum at 406-827-5180.