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9 Ways to Completely Ruin Your Big-game Trophy Mount

Taxidermy Disasters!

If You Want a Beautiful Trophy, Avoid These Common Mistakes

#7 Bad Idea: Drag the Animal Backwards

Dave Whammond
Dave Whammond

Good Idea:

The hair is delicate on all game animals, so it must be treated with the utmost care and attention. Avoid dragging your kill, but if you do have to, keep the head and front shoulders off the ground. And never drag the animal backwards—doing that will break off or pull out hair, leaving you with a ruined cape or, worse, a bald buck on your wall. If you’re hauling out the animal with an ATV, again, keep the head and front shoulders as high as possible. It’s okay if the back end drags on the ground if you only want to do a shoulder mount, but avoid any obstacles that might rub against the head and shoulders.

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