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    My shoulder mounts from the May safari should be here in the St. Louis area within a month. Would it be ok to keep them in the shipping crate for a couple of more months, stored in my garage? Temperatures would range from 20-40 degree F*. After that I would ship them on to the West coast in the spring. Any problems with that? What say you? Thanks...

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    They should be just fine. I couldn't let them sit that long though! It would be like having a huge present waiting and not opening it!
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    I shot a moose in Idaho in October 2001. Shortly after that I moved to Arizona. Taxidermist finished his work in January and my head sat in a friends garage until June. It was fine and still is, so I wouldn't expect a problem.
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    The only issue i see is getting your crated mounts off the cement floor. All it takes is a 2 X 4 air flow to keep moisture away from your mount. Usually put a sock with moth balls in it inside and make sure there are no holes for rodents.

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    James is right about rodents in the garage. They seem to get in all the time to my garage. I'd get the 4 biggest glue traps I could find and put a brick in the middle of each and put them under each corner of the crate, so that any mouse trying to make a home in my zebra mount would have to cross a moat of glue trap before climbing aboard.

    I'd probably get some permethrin spray and spray the outside of the crate to attenuate any insects that might try to do mischief.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. Very helpful...

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