Six critical steps
Putting on her taxidermy hat, Pam Streeter Garrett said these steps are critical for maximizing full shoulder trophy deer mounts.
Step 1 – Keep the deer cool.
Step 2 – Leave plenty of hide, and if in doubt, leave more.
Step 3 – Freeze the head and hide as soon as possible if you’re not going straight to the taxidermist.
Step 4 – When skinning the deer, make the first cut 8 inches behind the front legs and ring around the body.
Step 5 – Then cut a ring around the legs at the knee.
Step 6 – Peel the legs out and skin the hide down to the neck.