Since we’re in the midst of a lockdown of sorts because of Covid19, many sportsmen may not be working so this could be a good time to do some house cleaning of your trophy mounts, be it antlered, bear, birds or fish.
If you have deer mounts in particular, there are a few methods to clean their hair. To do it properly and without ruining a shoulder mount, Bob Danenhower of Bob’s Taxidermy in Orefield, recommends the following:
*Danenhower says the first step is to remove dust from hair. This can be done by using either a feather duster, canned air or a small brush that usually comes with most vacuum cleaners, to remove the dust. But he cautions to do it carefully with the brush and not apply too much pressure. Long time accumulation can turn to a mud-like substance.
*Next step is to use a lightly damp, soft cloth and add a touch of Dawn dish washing soap and brush the hair with the grain to remove any remaining dust or dirt. Rinse the cloth often making sure not to saturate it as the deer hair will nap-up. Then lightly go over it with a soft bristle brush in the direction of the hair’s grain.
*After that, spray a cloth (gun patch) or Q-tip with some Windex and clean the eyes. Follow up with a piece of paper towel to remove any excess.
*For antlers or horns, clean off any dust then use some furniture polish to regain their sheen.
*To maintain a deer mounts’ hair, Danenhower uses Cowboy Magic spray that is available from taxidermists.
*For mounts that may have cracking, split ears or jaws, it’s a re-fresh job that requires a taxidermist as they have the equipment to restore the mount.
*As for birds like pheasants, grouse, turkey or waterfowl, be extremely careful and don’t go crazy feather dusting it or wiping it down, Danenhower cautions, as birds are touchy and sometimes the job is better left to a taxidermist.
*For fish mounts, Danenhower recommends also wiping them down with Dawn dish washing detergent. “Sometimes there may be fly or bug droppings on them. The skin could also have oil seepage,” he points out. “Not many taxidermists like to re-work fish because their skin is extremely thin and prone to cracking,” he adds.
So with these suggestions, maintaining trophy mounts now can go a long way to preserving them in the future.
LCF&G ANNUAL FISHING DERBY
It’s with much disappointment that Herb Gottschall, Jr., President of Lehigh County Fish & Game Association, had to announce that this years annual Fishing Derby in Lehigh Parkway had to be cancelled.
Said Gottschall, “After several meetings with representatives with Allentown Police and Parks Department, an agreement was reached to hold this years 87th Fishing Derby on May 16. But that was before the Coronavirus came along. So we had to cancel it.”
Gottschall goes on to say he’s already making plans for next years’ derby which will be the organizations 100th Anniversary, and because of that, it will be a two-day event.
The clubs’ Booster Night was also cancelled because the hall rental went up 500 percent from last year and the organization was already on the verge of bankruptcy until Midgard Plastics stepped in to be LCF&G’s first corporate sponsor.
An exact date will be forthcoming for the next derby.
Nick Hromiak has been an outdoors and automotive writer for over 30 years. He's been published in numerous national and state-wide outdoor magazines and newspapers.