Looking after your trophy is one of the key elements to ensure your have a beautiful end result. Sloppy trophy care will lead to unnecessary hair slip and damage to your precious trophy or flat skin.
Never drag your trophy animal on the ground. This will lead to hair slippage and damage your prize trophy
If possible try to soak your cape/skins in a strong salt water solution in the shade for a few hours. Add salt to water in a plastic 220l drum until no more mixes into the solution. A small quantity of bactericide like Biocide/Savlon can be added to this mix but keep the quantity limited.
After a few hours in this mix items can go into the salt pit as normal.
Thick skins e.g. giraffe and buffalo should be soaked as stated above where after shallow cuts is to be made in a crisscross fashion on the flesh side to allow for salt penetration. Take care that the cuts are not deeper than 40% of the thickness of the skin. A finer grade like medium salt works well on thick skins.
Ensure that you are using fresh coarse or medium salt, avoid using the so called “rock salt”
Never leave trophies out in the sun to air dry, always put them in a shady place to air dry
Never transport or store your skins in a plastic bag
Avoid leaving the skin/carcass on the back of your pick-up in the sun for long periods of time.
When skins are in salt avoid storing sculls and skins/capes in the same salt area as cross contamination can take place.
If in doubt please contact us for advice on preparing your trophies.