One of the biggest problems caused by taxidermy clients is mishandling of specimens in the field, including sportsmen who make improper cuts on antlered game. For decades, taxidermists have tried to educate their customers on the importance of proper field care. Toward this end, they have printed instruction sheets, brochures, field care diagrams on business cards, and large signs in their showrooms. With the proliferation of the internet, now it seems that almost every taxidermy studio website also has a web page devoted to field care with text instructions and diagrams. But even with all of this information readily available, inevitable each year at least one hunter will bring in a trophy with the skin cut too short to produce a quality mount.
Based upon the success of the Deer Display Options video with Nickie Carter, McKenzie decided that it would be helpful to taxidermists to produce a short but comprehensive field care video specifically designed for taxidermists to easily embed into their web sites. This video would provide not only the critical information about field care, but an actual live demonstration of the skinning process.
Acclaimed Taxidermists Nickie and Rick Carter were chosen to demonstrate the importance of proper field care in obtaining the best quality taxidermy. The video is geared toward sportsmen as a useful informational tool provided by taxidermy studios. Adding this free video to your taxidermy website will add credibility to your shop, it will inform and educate your customer base, and it will help ensure that the specimens you receive are in optimum condition for quality taxidermy.
As you know, the path to quality taxidermy begins the moment a trophy hits the ground. In the video below, Nickie and Rick will offer some tips on field care and skinning that hunters will need to follow in order to take their deer to their taxidermist and provide them with everything they need to produce a beautiful trophy mount.
When you are checking in mounts during hunting season, you could have this video set up to play on an iPad or streaming on your computer screen in your showroom while customers wait. Even though the video is demonstrating with a whitetail deer, these same procedures could be used for an elk, antelope, mule deer, or any other antlered game.
Instructions for Embedding Into YOUR Web Site:
It is easy to place this video right into your web site. It only take a minute or two. You can place it on your home page, or any interior page of your site. Simply copy one of the three blocks of code below and paste it in your website where you would like the video to appear. The video player will look like it is part of your website and your visitors will be impressed with the professionalism that it adds to your site. Three sizes of display are listed below. Choose the size that best fits your web site design.
Copy this code for a medium-sized video player for most websites:
<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/84806632" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>
Copy this code for a small-sized video player if space is a problem:
<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/84806632" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>
Copy and use this code for a large-sized video player if you have the room:
<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/84806632" width="960" height="539" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>
Below is the complete video for you to watch. It is only four and one-half minutes in length, which is just long enough to provide the essential information. Here it is presented in the large embedded version:
Taxidermists should take every advantage they can to provide additional service and education to their customers. By adding this free video to your taxidermy website, it will add credibility to your shop, it will inform and educate your customer base, and it will help you by eliminating problems repairing improper cuts on capes and spoilage problems caused by poor field care.
McKenzie Field Care Print Instructions:
McKenzie also has a complete field care guide available on their web site for printing from your computer, which includes instructions for handling small game, birds and fish in addition to large game.
For this print version of field care instructions, you can go to McKenzie’s web site at http://www.mckenziesp.com/KB/HTML%20KB/Trophy_care/trophy_care.asp for their Trophy Field Care Guide.