FAQs

Q?How do I transport my animal to Wild Things Taxidermy?
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Shipping Instructions:
•Call us for detailed information. +1(901) 786 – 3522
•You may either send skull with hide on or removed.
•Do not use salt on your skull.
•Freeze solid for several days before shipping.
•Wrap skull in several layers of newspaper and then seal in a plastic bag.
•If skull has antlers or horns wrap the tips to avoid them piercing the box. You can use plastic cups, cut up hose or bubble wrap.
•Include your name, address, phone number and deposit. Place in a separate plastic bag taped inside the box.
•We prefer Federal Express 2 day no signature required.
•Ship on Monday to avoid package sitting over the weekend in a truck.
•Call us to make sure we can accept the package.

Ship to:
Wild Things Taxidermy
4005 Old Brownsville Road
Somerville, TN 38068

Customer is responsible for all shipping cost. We will include shipping in your final balance. When mount is complete we will call you and send final invoice. You then will need to send the balance before we send completed mount back to you.
Wild Things Taxidermy is not responsible for lost or damaged items during the shipping process.

Q?How do I field care my animal?
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Field care is very important to the quality of the mount you request. There are a few things that you should keep in mind when you harvest a trophy.
•Never drag your trophy because of the damage that can be caused to your hide.
•Leave the entire hide. Let us decide where to make the cuts. If you’re unsure on how to cape your deer call us. We’ll talk you through the process.
•Leave the front armpits. Cut around the back side of the front legs all the way to the kneecap along the white hair line.
•When field dressing be careful not to cut too far up the brisket.
•Put a bag on the face of your deer. The nose and ears tend to dry out quickly.
•Get your deer to us as soon as possible to avoid bacteria growth which will cause hair slippage.
If you can’t get your deer to us within 24 hours keep your deer in a cool, dark place.

Q?What kind of salt should I use to dry my elk hide?
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NON-IODIZED SALT. The finer the salt the better as it can be rubbed into the flesh the best. Medium grain salt can be used but under no circumstances should table salt or rock salt be used

Q?I have an old mount that has some damage and a dried out look. Can you restore it?
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Yes. We will have to see the severity of the damage but repairs can be made in most all cases

Q?If I want to mount a bird that I shot, what should I do to keep it until I can get it to you?
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I would recommend that you fold the head under the wing and insert the entire bird into a plastic newspaper bag and freeze it ASAP. Put some cotton balls into the mouth and vent/anus to help prevent blood and fluids from staining the feathers. If you are hunting waterfowl or any migratory birds, be sure to tag it with the proper information before transporting it from the field.

Q?Can I have an order shipped to my P.O. Box?
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No. All of our taxidermy orders are shipped via UPS, FedEx or COMMON CARRIER. Both require a valid street address.

International orders can be shipped after all export and import permits are in order.

We handle all paperwork required by government agencies in the US to ensure that your shipment will arrive at its destination. Occasionaly we may ask you for information from your gov’t concerning import permits.

Q?How are shipping charges calculated?
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Shipping charges vary according to product type, destination, and shipper.

Items shipped by UPS, FedEx will have freight charges calculated and added to total due. Larger items are shipped via common carrier,freight collect.

Q?What should I do first thing after the hide is off the animal?
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Assuming you are going to mount this animal and have saved enough hide for the particular position you desire, you should remove as much meat and fat from the hide as you feel comfortable doing. Then roll the hide up flesh to felsh, put in a cloth bag, and freeze as soon as possible (ASAP).

Q?How soon will the hide start to spoil?
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Remember that decomposition starts as soon as the animal expires so time and temp will affect the decomposition and will vary with the weather. Forty degrees Fahrenheit and above is when bacterial growth starts.

Q?What is hair slippage?
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: Hair slippage can be attributed to two main causes. Bacterial growth (hide temperature exceeded 40 degrees F.) and Mechanical slip also known to be caused by dragging the animal. Some animals will naturally have hair loss due to shedding, rubbing, fences, or mating.

Q?What kind of cut do I use for a deer while caping it out if I want a shoulder mount done?
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_wsb_500x264_Capeing$2520DiagragumI would recommend a “Y” or “T” incision towards the antlers. Make sure you leave enough hide (i.e. brisket and back) for your desired position for your mount. Please see the illustration below.