Caping Diagram

Field Care

Proper field care is extremely important because it affects the ability of the taxidermist to re-create your prized catch in the same way you got it. Mistakes in caping are difficult to repair and may cost extra.

Instructions for proper caping:

1. Make a cut around the entire body behind front leg.

2. Make a cut around both front legs between armpit and elbow.

3. Join cut #1 and cut #2 by cutting through armpit and down back of leg.

4. Start a cut at the base of each antler and join at point between ears.

5. From this point, continue to cut down center of the neck and back until joining cut #1. Peel the skin off the body until reaching the joint where neck attaches to skull and twist head off at this joint.

Keep cape and head cool or frozen and take to taxidermist as soon as possible.



Hold the bird by the feet only and plug the mouth and other holes with cotton to avoid blood and body fluids from staining the feathers. Place in plastic bag and freeze.

"Protected birds require a permit from the State Game Department and/or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Migratory birds require hunting license number, hunter's signature, and payment in full before work begins."


Take a picture as soon as possible. This helps the taxidermist match the coloring of your fish. Wrap in a wet towel, put in a plastic bag, and freeze as soon as possible. Do Not Gut or Remove Fins.