Caring for Your Taxidermy
Lots of folks have emailed me asking for advice on how to care for their mounts this spring. When doing some research to help them, I found one of Rob Keck's old "Talking Turkey" columns, last published in the 1998 January/February Turkey Call. Hope this helps!
Don't place mounts near heat sources such as fireplaces, hot lighting or hot air vents.
Keep your mount out of direct sunlight - mounts will fade in direct sunlight.
Don't keep your mounts in damp areas.
Clean your mount with a dry cloth, brushing feathers in the direction that they lay naturally. Don't use a vacuum cleaner.
Check your mounts periodically for signs of insect infestation. Contact your taxidermist if you find anything suspicious.
Handle your mounts as little as possible. Feathers can become brittle over time.
Keep temperature extremes at a minimum. Constant room temperatures are best for a mount.
Clean glass eyes with a damp Q-tip.
Make sure all wall anchors supporting your mounts are secure and inspect them periodically to make sure they haven't started pulling loose.
Smooth the ruffled tips of wing and tail feathers with your fingers.