Wildlife Artistry offers full caping services. Should you decide to prepare your trophy yourself, below are a series of steps that can be taken in the field that will ensure we have enough hide to work with. Remember, we can always remove excess hide, but we cannot add what is not there.
- The first step requires that the hide is slit circling the body just behind the shoulder approximately at the mid-way point of the rib cage. A second slit just above the knees on both front legs will also be required (fig 1). The final slit will join the first two steps, it will begin from the back of each leg joining the slit made at the body (fig 2).
- At this point, you are ready to peel the skin forward towards the ears exposing the head and neck. Now you will need to separate the head from the body approximately three inches from where the head meets the neck. In a circling motion, cut the neck down to the spinal column which will allow you to separate the head from the body. In following these steps you should have enough hide that can be rolled up and put into the freezer until you can drop off your trophy to our studio (fig 3).
If you have any questions regarding the steps listed above, please feel free to contact us.
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