Restoring and Cleaning Old Trophy Mounts
Over the years, your trophy mount can begin to look old and dingy. Elements like moisture, sunlight and dry air can also wreak havoc on your mount causing it to discolor or yellow. Its hair might even get brittle and possibly fallout without proper care and maintenance.
If you are starting to see some of these changes, you can protect your investment by sending your mount to Wildlife Recapture Taxidermy for cleaning, repair and restoration. Our Montana Taxidermy team is dedicated to the preservation of trophy mounts and the memories behind them. After we’ve given it some tender loving care, it is sure to stir up the feelings you had when you first caught your prized trophy.
Cleaning Your Trophy Mount
There are several pages on the internet that provide tips on how to clean your trophy yourself. This might work for regular maintenance, but you should have your trophy professionally cleaned and examined for bugs, cracks and breaks ever so often.
With a build-up of dust and dirt, your animal taxidermy mount can begin to look dull. We will thoroughly clean your trophy which will include removing oil, stains and contaminants. After cleaning, your animal trophy will smell fresh and will be odor-free. As part of the cleaning process, we will also polish the antlers, eyes, hooves, and noses giving them a healthy, lifelike shine.
Repairing Your Trophy Mount
Over time, your treasured mount can become scratched or cracked. This includes broken horns, gills or noses. Worst yet, if insects get in your home, they can cause damage to your mounts, They are especially notorious for eating away at the hair and fur. We can also replace eyes and missing claws. For fish mounts, the paint might begin to flake which is another repair that we are more than capable of handling.
Wildlife Recapture Taxidermy services can also repair a tattered goatskin or grizzly bear rug. Over the years, especially in certain climates, the rug can dry out causing it to rip or separate. We will stitch up the tear and condition your rug to protect it from any future damage.
Restoring Your Trophy Mount
Exposure to sun and heat over time can cause the animal’s hide to fade or discolor. Additionally, if anyone in your household smokes, the hide might even begin to yellow. We will do what is needed to give your mount a fresh look and safely preserve it for many years to come. This might include redyeing the hair, or If needed, we can even infill in areas where there has been a noticeable loss of hair or thickness. We will even polish the wood on your plaque or replace it entirely if it has aged.
Keeping Your Trophy Looking Good
Once you get your trophy home, there are a few precautions that you should take to keep it in pristine condition.
Keep it away from the sun and direct lighting.
Be sure the room that it is in is not too hot or too cold. Thus, a climate-controlled, hunting trophy room is ideal.
The room shouldn’t be dry, however, excessive moisture can result in mold or mildew which can ruin your trophy.
Keep your mount or rug safe from pets and young children.
Although it is tempting, you should try not to touch it. Remember, oil from your hands can damage it.
Keep bugs out of your mount. Beetles and moths are the most dangerous. This might require that you spray periodically.
The cost of cleaning, repairing and restoration of your trophy will depend upon its age and condition. We stand by our work and will treat your treasured taxidermy animal with the utmost care and respect.