Properly prepare and preserve your trophy for taxidermy.
Soak a towel and wrap the fish in it. Then place the fish in a plastic bag and freeze. Make sure to label the bag, so that in 3 months you’ll know what it is!
What damages fish during freezing is freezer burn, which is caused, in part, by air contacting and drying the fish surface. Either one of the methods above will prevent the freezer burn and keep the fish in good shape for an extended period of time.
When picking up birds from the ground, always pick them up by their feet as any bleeding occurring from their mouth will them fall on the ground and not on their feathers. Do not use any type of game carriers as they will tear skin or dislodge feathers.
Do not field dress the bird as this will also get blood on the feathers and create unnecessary sewing from these incisions. If possible, place grass or cotton in the throat area to stop blood from exiting the mouth area. Keep the bird as straight as possible while transporting so tail feathers do not get bent or damaged.
Place the bird(s) in a plastic bag, tuck head(s) under wing, seal bag and place in a freezer ASAP taking care to keep the bird(s) as straight as possible.
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