Care Of A Fresh Specimen
A finished specimen can be greatly affected by the way it was handled when found and in some cases can be completely ruined by poor handling and storage. By following a few simple guidelines you can help the taxidermist produce a pleasing well-prepared mount.
After assuring yourself that the specimen was not illegally killed any blood should if possible, be wiped from the fur or feathers before it has chance to dry and stain.
Next place the specimen in a plastic bag and expel as much air as possible, any extremities like beaks legs etc should be folded close to the body to prevent damage while frozen.
Seal the bag tightly and freeze immediately. If it is going to be some time before you can freeze the specimen wrap it in newspaper or similar and place in a cool place. When you are able to freeze it remove the paper and put it in a plastic bag as described