Sheep of all locations: Please skin ventrally, and wash blood out of the hide immediately with cold water. This is especially important on Dall and Stone Rams. If possible, avoid blood on horns.
Bears of all types: Insist on good field care. Bears are fatty and require thorough fleshing to ensure good hair quality. Animal Artistry recommends spring Bear hunts for good mountable specimens. It is our policy not to mount upright Bears killed in the fall. This is due to thin hair on the belly and groin. If you desire this pose, take a spring Bear only. For proper perspective, we recommend measuring the carcass of the Bear for sizing. This is the true body size. Fresh skins stretch a lot and give inaccurate size measurements.
North American specimens are usually problem free. Be sure to keep skins cold in hot climates. Hair slipping can start in hours.
Velvet antlers: require special care. Once removed from the animal, they should be stored in a freezer, hanging upside down. Use extra caution not to over handle or bang against the ground as horns inside may be somewhat soft. Do not get blood on the velvet.
Many customers request novelties. Due to our workload and overhead, the following is our novelties policy.
- Bleached Skull: Bleached only, no panel or hanger.
- European Mount: Bleached skull with panel, your choice of walnut, oak or barnwood
- Horn Mount: Natural tan buckskin leather covering a partial skull on a panel. Your choice of walnut, oak or barnwood with matching braid around the horn base.
- We accept many types of novelty items. If you do not see what you want, contact us at 317.881.3075 or contact us