collapse

Author Topic: How to skin your deer or elk properly to save the cape for a mount.  (Read 5605 times)

Offline Bucklucky

  • Uh Oh!
  • Moderator
  • Booner
  • *****
  • Posts: 3545
    • View Profile
    • www.charliestaxidermy.net
I have been wanting to do this for awhile. Its just nice too see actual pictures instead of drawings . I have had customers cut the armpits out too many times not knowing how to skin there deer and elk or any antlered or horned animal out properly.

Step 1: If you can, hang the deer by the hind legs, it is much easier to skin   But if its in the field you can do this with the animal laying on the ground too. First thing I do is cut around the front knee joint , then take your knife and cut up the back of the leg where the white hair and brown hair come together. Noe on other species you'll have a hair pattern where the long hair meats shorter hair. Just go straight up to the armpit.  

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



 
 
« Last Edit: January 01, 2010, 06:58:45 PM by Bucklucky »


Offline Bucklucky

  • Uh Oh!
  • Moderator
  • Booner
  • *****
  • Posts: 3545
    • View Profile
    • www.charliestaxidermy.net
Re: How to skin your deer or elk properly to save the cape for a mount.
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2009, 08:43:58 AM »
Now when you get to the armpit make sure you stay on the hair line where the white hair or thinner hair on other animals meets the longer hair. You can see this on all horned or antlered animals. Once around the armpit go straight bach to where the cape will be cut off which is the center of the deer or where the sternum come together.


Offline Bucklucky

  • Uh Oh!
  • Moderator
  • Booner
  • *****
  • Posts: 3545
    • View Profile
    • www.charliestaxidermy.net
Re: How to skin your deer or elk properly to save the cape for a mount.
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2009, 08:45:41 AM »
I like my capes split up the back, its easier to skin off the animal and easier to take care of the cape. I do like the short Y also, you just have to tube the neck down to the base of the head instead of splitting it. Take your knife and start at the base of the head and go right down  (or up if its hanging) the back to your center cut.
« Last Edit: August 19, 2009, 08:51:49 AM by Bucklucky »


Offline Bucklucky

  • Uh Oh!
  • Moderator
  • Booner
  • *****
  • Posts: 3545
    • View Profile
    • www.charliestaxidermy.net
Re: How to skin your deer or elk properly to save the cape for a mount.
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2009, 08:50:04 AM »
Now you can finish skinning your animal all the way down to the base of the head.


Offline Grizzlygibbs

  • Booner
  • *****
  • Posts: 1049
    • View Profile
Re: How to skin your deer or elk properly to save the cape for a mount.
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2009, 11:35:05 AM »
I've seen these before and thanks for re-posting!
« Last Edit: August 19, 2009, 04:20:47 PM by Grizzlygibbs »
"The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Offline Hunting Cowboy

  • 3 pt
  • ***
  • Posts: 222
    • View Profile
Re: How to skin your deer or elk properly to save the cape for a mount.
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2009, 04:08:12 PM »
Good refresherr Charlie. Thanks for posting.

Offline WACATHUNTER

  • Forky
  • **
  • Posts: 32
    • View Profile
Re: How to skin your deer or elk properly to save the cape for a mount.
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2009, 06:54:33 PM »
Charlie I might be jumping the gun, but can you cover appropriate methods for cutting around the antlers?  Also, tips on caping out the head, I have done a few successfully i guess, but ultimately was lucky i think.  THanks,
WACAT

Offline Michael

  • Administrator
  • Booner
  • *****
  • Posts: 10365
    • View Profile
    • https://albinovest.com/
Re: How to skin your deer or elk properly to save the cape for a mount.
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2009, 09:03:35 PM »
Thanks for posting Charley. Hopefully I will get something worth mounting!!!
« Last Edit: August 19, 2009, 09:07:19 PM by michael »

Offline Bucklucky

  • Uh Oh!
  • Moderator
  • Booner
  • *****
  • Posts: 3545
    • View Profile
    • www.charliestaxidermy.net
Re: How to skin your deer or elk properly to save the cape for a mount.
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2009, 10:22:57 PM »
That's a whole nother post. You would have to see it done to get the idea on the head, I don't think I can take enough pictures to show how to properly cape a head out. Its actually pretty easy but there are a few points that can be easily messed up like the eye lids and the nostrils and last the corner of the mouth. You first start by making a Y incision between the buck pedicles towards the back of the head and where the y meets you cut straight down the back. You would then skin the back of the head towards the earbutts and but through the base of them as close to the back of the skull as possible, see this is where pictures could really help . Then you would use a knife and or screwdriver to pry around the antler bases once that is done you can begin skinning the head being carefull ounce you get to the eyes and tear ducts. This part is where I will stick my fingers into the eye from the hair side and feel the eyelids and pull them out as far as I can and carefully cut around the eye where the lids connect to the eye ball. The front corner of the eye can be tricky for a rookie also, just need to keep to the bone and cut through the cartilage and connecting tissue. Once through the corner of the eye you have to deal with the tear duct. For this I use a screw driver and slid it down tight against the bone kind of prying the tearduct out as you go. . Now you can continue skinning towards the nose , be carefull not to cut through the lips, you'll want to put your finger inside the mouth to feel where the corner of the mouth is. Ounce you get to it you can cut through the cheek muscle about 2 inches back from the mouth corner on each side. Now you can open the mouth and cut through the gum line, stay just above the teeth, there is a faint line you can see most of the was around the gum's except for the jaw, right behing the front lower teeth you will have to gut along the top portion to the front of the back teeth and then you can cut along that line just bellow the molars. The top gum line below the nose you will cut straight through along the bone into the nasal cavity and then up about an inch in to the bridge of the nose, this will keep all the nostril intact. Now you can skin down to your cut lines you just made and pull the cape off the head. Yes I know, it is probably very hard to follow and seeing it done in person will make it much easier to learn the capping process . This should give you an idea at least .

I did take a bunch of pics recently , just have to put them together in the post.


Offline Grizzlygibbs

  • Booner
  • *****
  • Posts: 1049
    • View Profile
Re: How to skin your deer or elk properly to save the cape for a mount.
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2009, 11:00:37 PM »
There is a good video series on you tube of detailed caping of the skull I think of an elk. 
"The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Offline Bucklucky

  • Uh Oh!
  • Moderator
  • Booner
  • *****
  • Posts: 3545
    • View Profile
    • www.charliestaxidermy.net
Re: How to skin your deer or elk properly to save the cape for a mount.
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2009, 12:01:32 AM »
Have to find the link and post it. Im working on making a video of caping  also. Just got to get some things squared away.


Offline WACATHUNTER

  • Forky
  • **
  • Posts: 32
    • View Profile
Re: How to skin your deer or elk properly to save the cape for a mount.
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2009, 07:41:21 AM »
Charlie, that actually makes great sense.  THanks for taking the time and getting that on here.  Like previously stated I have done a few a got lucky so the little hints will help immensly.  Thanks again.
WACAT

Offline Bucklucky

  • Uh Oh!
  • Moderator
  • Booner
  • *****
  • Posts: 3545
    • View Profile
    • www.charliestaxidermy.net
Re: How to skin your deer or elk properly to save the cape for a mount.
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2009, 08:57:01 AM »
No problem , just here to help  ;)


Offline Bucklucky

  • Uh Oh!
  • Moderator
  • Booner
  • *****
  • Posts: 3545
    • View Profile
    • www.charliestaxidermy.net
Re: How to skin your deer or elk properly to save the cape for a mount.
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2009, 09:43:52 PM »
Just bringing this back up since it is hunting season.


Offline Michael

  • Administrator
  • Booner
  • *****
  • Posts: 10365
    • View Profile
    • https://albinovest.com/
Re: How to skin your deer or elk properly to save the cape for a mount.
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2009, 10:23:46 PM »
Hopefully I will need this post in November up the Entiat!!! :tongue:

 


* Site Sponsors


* Random Pics

Banana3

Views: 264
Posted by: huntnphool
in: Huntnphool

* Donations

We are now accepting Donations for Maintenance costs through PayPal.

* Recent Topics

Apple May Be Spying On You Through Your iPhone by Michael
[Today at 08:50:06 PM]


Wildfires damaged mule deer habitat by 4fletch
[Today at 07:08:46 PM]


Bulk 223 by Michael
[Today at 12:55:14 PM]


Velvet!! by h2ofowlr
[July 28, 2014, 10:24:10 PM]


D.C.'s gun laws take another hit in handgun carry ruling by h2ofowlr
[July 28, 2014, 10:19:33 PM]


Please reject the HSUS petition that threatens hunting on public lands! by Michael
[July 26, 2014, 09:01:11 PM]


Alpine Addicts by deerhuntr4885
[July 23, 2014, 07:56:07 PM]


At least 95 homes gone in Pateros, Methow Valley fires by Michael
[July 22, 2014, 06:51:14 PM]


North Carolina State Highway Patrol Buy SIG SAUER P226 in .357SIG by Michael
[July 21, 2014, 08:30:54 AM]


July P.O.M. Contest by TerryWSmith
[July 20, 2014, 07:36:39 PM]


More Oregon wolf news by Michael
[July 20, 2014, 06:44:56 PM]


Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs by huntnphool
[July 20, 2014, 03:23:30 PM]


Yard Birds - Post Yours by Nerka
[July 18, 2014, 11:53:29 AM]


treed by cleelumbuckhntr
[July 18, 2014, 06:26:48 AM]


POLL: Which grouse species to you prefer to hunt? by cleelumbuckhntr
[July 18, 2014, 06:25:13 AM]


SimplePortal 2.3.3 © 2008-2010, SimplePortal