Skinning Guide

Follow our easy guide to make
sure your trophies are skinned correctly.

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  • Shoulder Cape Method

    This method is simple and should allow for enough hide for our taxidermists to work with for all wall pedestals, pedestals and shoulder mounts.

  • Dorsal Method Shoulder Cape

    This method ensures to provide our taxidermists with more than enough hide for your desired taxidermy projects.

  • Dorsal Method Life Size

    Only use this method with approval and complete instructions from Taxidermy America prior to your hunt.

  • The Flat Incision Method

    The Flat Incision is used for rug mounts and life size or half mount poses.

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Method 1: Shoulder Cape

Figure 1: With a sharp knife slit the hide, circling the body halfway between the back of the shoulder and the hind legs.

Figure 2: Slit the skin around the legs on the knees. Additional cuts will be needed along the back of the leg to join the body cut.

Figure 3: Peel the skin forward up to the ears and jaw exposing the head and neck junction, then cut into the neck approximately three inches down from the head and neck junction. Holding the antlers twist the head off the neck.


Ensure all blood is washed from the hide. Roll it up and place the clean, rolled hide in a plastic bag and freeze until transported to the taxidermist or tannery.

This method should allow for enough hide for our taxidermists to work with for all wall pedestals, pedestals and shoulder mounts. Remember we can always cut off excess hide, but we can’t add what we don’t have.

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Method 1 Shoulder Cape

Method 2: Dorsal Method Shoulder Cape

Figure 1: With a sharp knife slit the hide, circling the body halfway between the back of the shoulder and the hind legs.

Figure 4: Make a second cut up the spine, starting at the first cut around the body. The cut should end 2 inches from the middle of the antlers/horns, make a single cut up to each of the antlers forming a Y in the skin. Cut around the antler/horn close to the base to free the skin.


Should you have experience in skinning your trophies, continue to skin out the head ensuring the ears are correctly turned out and nose and lips are correctly split. Ensure skin is washed free of any blood before salting the skin in a cool dry environment.

Alternatively, use Method 1, Figure 3 to remove the head and skin and wash off any excess blood and place in a plastic bag and freeze.

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Method 2 Dorsal Method Shoulder Cape

Method 3: Dorsal Method Life Size

Figure 5: This method involves one single, long slit down the back of the animal from the base of the tail up to the neck. The complete carcass is skinned as it is pulled through the incision. The feet/hooves and the head are cut off from the carcass remaining inside the skin as explained in Method 1, Figure3. 


Only use this method with approval and complete instructions from Taxidermy America prior to your hunt. Ensure skin is washed free of blood before being bagged and frozen.

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Method 3 Dorsal Method Life Size

Method 4: The Flat Incision

The Flat Incision is used for rug mounts and life size or half mount poses. 


Figure 6: Incisions are made through the feet/hooves with cuts along the lines as shown. The hide is then removed from the rest of the carcass using Method 1, Figure 3.

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Method 4 The Flat Incision

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