Hey everyone! So yesterday I took my deer cape out of the freezer to let it thaw for today's work. I shot this buck Nov. 7 and decided I would like to have it mounted and also do the work myself. To split the lips, do the nose and eyes, turn the ears, flesh, and salt the cape it took me 6.5 hours. I fleshed the deer with a necker 600 fleshing knife and that was a nightmare! Actually pretty much the whole experience was a nightmare lol. I believe the hard part is done lol. But man I hope to get faster cause I want to have a future in taxidermy and have orders to the roof. Hope it gets easier! So how long did it take you guys to prep your first hide? Ps. This is my first mount ever! No experience. And sorry if my terminology is wrong on some things.