Posted 17 July 2010 - 04:38 PM
Here is a tip from a professional taxidermist... no offense but most guys dont know how to split turn and salt a cape so that it is usable for a mount.. If your going to cape it off the deer and leave the nose cartilage, then you need to freeze it or take it in to your taxidermist right away. Salt will not reach thru the cartilage, fat, membrane, meat... Splitting lips takes some skill and know how, Its not just "rolled over skin" its meat and tissue that is attached to the skin that must be removed so that the salt can penetrate the skin, You must also turn the ears, so that they are inside out with the cartilage attached to one side, This must be done properly so the ears aren't ripped, remove the ear butts, also the eyes need to be split to the lashes... the lachrymal gland must should also be thinned.. Basically let the taxidermist do this... There is no need to do it yourself unless you know how to properly do it...Ive gotten in way too many hack jobs that ruined a perfectly good cape because they thought it would be easy.. So instead of mounting their deer with their cape, I had to find a replacement cape for them.. this costs the hunter MORE money. If your going to salt dry it you must properly split and turn everything, and ALL meat and membrane must be removed, too many people do not properly salt dry their capes so when the taxidermist dehydrates it all the sudden you get globs of hair coming out... Best thing to do is have someone experienced cape it off the skull,. preferably a professional taxidermist. Also as for the brains tongue eyes thing... Let your taxidermist deal with it..