don't salt your cape. When a cape is salted before the fat and
meat can be professionally removed, the salt cannot penetrate to the
hair and there is a high risk of losing the hair or fur! We salt the
cape after we have fully prepared the skin for the tannery.
cut the skin of the throat or front quarter on any animal to be mounted.
drag your animal - always pack or carry it! This keeps the hair
from being broken off.
any skin in a plastic bag until it is ready to freeze. Plastic
traps heat and moisture creating a breeding ground for bacteria and can
easily cause hair loss.
don't skin birds or small mammals (coyote, bobcat, fox, etc.).
Freeze them promptly and bring them in whole.
keep specimens in "frost-free" freezers for long periods of
time. Most refrigerator-freezers are frost free and are designed
to draw out moisture, causing freezer burn over time.