I am interested in shoulder-mount whitetail taxidermy. I have been mounting fish a few years and have done well, however I live in the midwest and feel deer gameheads would be good for my business. I have a good-sized chest freezer and am wondering if I would need something more or larger for storage of deer heads I could not process right away. Any info would be greatly appriciated!
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My reccomendation to you is this. If you can't get to the head to cape it out in a very reasonable time...I wouldn't get into it at all. Before you know it you'll have a freezer loaded with whole heads and freezer burning is bound to happen. So if you can't skin them out right away...leave it alone.
So is it pretty much standard procedure to get going on the cape right away, and if so, what is the general operation for preparing and storing of cape until the mannikin gets shipped to you?
had one of the largest taxidermy studios in the country and ONE freezer. If you looked in it you MIGHT find one or two items just waiting their turn. When deer season is in everything but fleshing and salting goes on the back burner. That way nothing gets put in the freezer. Even when they are coming in hand over fist you will still have time to get them done. If not later that evening, the next morning. Shotgun season lasts only a week here, so I put in 16 hour days if I have to to get the stuff fleshed and salted. I hate putting unfleshed capes in the freezer. The same goes with fish and birds. Rarely does one get froze that is not at least rough skinned. Saves a TON of space and you have all the measurements you need to get the form going. I have one upright freezer in my shop and I NEVER have to worry if I have room or not.
A lot depends on how you are going to prep the hide. There is an awful lot of information you need to know on this if you are going to get into doing game heads...a lot more than I want to type here. If you want to know more...then give me a call...I'll be glad to help.
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