Caring for your harvested animal
-Many future trophy mounts are ruined shortly after the animal is harvested. Most hides and specimens will keep for up to 24 hours in refrigeration. If you cannot bring the animal in before then, it should be placed in a plastic bag and frozen. If you are bringing in a fox and/or coyote for a mount, I do prefer the animal be brought in whole as I have a preferred way of skinning. If you are bringing in an antlered/horn animal for a shoulder/pedestal mount, please keep watch of where you are making your incisions/cuts. One of the biggest issues being hunters cutting out the brisket/armpit area and not leaving enough cape.
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Laws
-Chronic wasting disease affects the brain and nervous system of the infected animal. New laws have been passed in regards to bringing your animal across state lines into Pennsylvania. They need to be skinned out and skull capped (skull cap clean of all brain matter) before crossing over into PA. Hunters can either skin their trophy out on their own or find a local taxidermist or guide service to do it for them. The states listed below are on the list (note; animals brought not skinned out from these states will be turned away)
Alberta, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Quebec, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia. West Virginia. Wisconsin, and Wyoming
What is Hair slippage?
- Hair slippage occurs when bacteria develops due to improper field care. Organisms grow in the hair follicle and can break down the tissue causing the hair to fall out, generally after the tanning process