A good quality mount starts with how you take care of the skin or cape. Obviously we can't control the weather or hunting conditions. Try to keep it cool and dry. Best scenario is to get it to me and I can skin/cape it and get it properly cared for. If on a hunting trip skin it and get it cooled. Do not salt it unless you have it fleshed and the eyes, lips, nose and ears turned and fleshed.
1) Do not hang your animal by the neck as it will ruin the hide/hair
2) If a deer,elk, etc hang by the antlers. Do not hang by the hind legs for an extended amount of time as the face will fill with fluid.
3) Keep it in the shade or cool building if you can't get it to me in 1-2 days. If not freeze the head
4) Do not drag it far or it will ruin the hair/hide
5) Do not slit the throat
6) When Gutting stop at the sternum, we need more hide then you think, and I'd hate to charge you a sewing fee to fix the brisket
7) The diagrams above are a very good reference to know how to skin your animals for shoulder mounts or lifesize and rugs
8) Try to wash excessive blood from the cape/skin. Clean all dirt, rocks, leaves etc from the skin.
9) I prefer to cape and skin your animals. This way I get it how I want it. I don't have to re flesh the animal and fix potential mistakes, therefor saving you $$
10) If you must cape your shoulder mount animal, skin to base of the neck and get a circumference measurement before cutting it off. Please do not cut it off mid neck. This creates a ton of extra work to get it out of the skin. I tube cape mine so there isn't much of a seam when sewing.
11) DO NOT PARADE IT AROUND IN YOUR TRUCK FOR A WEEK AND EXPECT QUALITY