Proper Care of Taxidermy Mounts

You wake up and it is still dark outside. As you stumble to get your hunting gear on and venture outside the cold fresh air gives your face a sharp kiss. When you get to your favorite hunting spot, that you spent so many hours researching, you follow the trail, in the dark to your tree stand. Hoisting yourself into your stand you start your hours of waiting for that special moment.

After almost falling asleep you glance the trail in front of you and there is a trophy larger than any you thought possible. After careful aim you successfully bagged your trophy.

The Taxidermist is done with your mount and you bring it home and hang it on the wall, and then invite your friends to show it off, and relive those special moments every time you tell the story.

Without proper care you can be causing the demise of your mount quicker than you think. By neglect or maybe with too much attention your mount’s life could be getting shorter, not longer.

With many years of experience cleaning trophy rooms, one thing has come to my attention, and that is dirt in a clean room.

I have seen some of the nicest trophy collections in gorgeous rooms that are clean.

But I can find spots in those rooms that are feeding grounds for harmful bugs.

These bugs love protein and any collection of dead bugs, spiders, or dirt, are a buffet for these harmful bugs.

These areas are neglected by most home owners, house- keepers, and cleaners.

From the floor the room looks clean, but climb a ladder and look around.

This spot could have been neglected since the house was built, or maybe yours gets cleaned with a thorough Spring cleaning.

Check out your own house and the area I’m talking about is on top of the molding at your doors and windows.

Get your vacuum out and suck these areas off and then wipe them down.

The accumulation of dead stuff is a snack bar for the same bugs that will eat your mounts.

I have seen these bugs leave bald spots on many mounts, I remember one collection of mounts, this owner had, two lions attacking a zebra and both lions had major damage and had to be replaced. There was also a full mount sheep that we repaired by carefully gluing the hair onto it before it fell away from the mount. This mount had so much glue on it we called it “Elmer”.

Mounts need to be maintained and preventive measures are always best before major damage occurs.

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