- Jul 9, 2010
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- Eastern Cape, South Africa
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- DSC Life Member ; Eastern Cape Game Management Association ; PE Pistol and Rifle Club
- South Africa, Namibia, New Zealand, USA, Canada
Do I understand correctly that I would need to communicate on beforehand to the PH/skinners what my purpose is with the skins? And that a flat skin cannot be made into a usable object any more?
I believe that he means the instructions to the skinners. Once the skinners have caped or skinned the animal, there is no turning back since the incisions are different depending on what you want. You can't instruct them to cape the animal for a shoulder mount, and then change your mind to a flat skin, after they are done. The cuts are not the same.
If you are hunting with an established, reputable outfit, their skinners will know what they are doing. As has been mentioned earlier in the post, the only difference would be any special instructions from your taxidermist, such as the tubular method of caping the animal vs the cut up the back towards the skull. This saves the taxidermist a lot of sewing work, but I have also been told by taxidermists that its a lot tougher to get the cape over the mould this way, and some actually prefer the standard method over tubing.