Hot Hunting & Taxidermy How-Tos

How To: Build a coyote trap

If you're going to build a coyote trap, you want to make absolutely sure you get it right. After all, the last thing you need to deal with is a furious coyote getting loose after you've trapped him! In this video you'll learn how to make a cheap and effective coyote trap.

How To: Tie a noose loop knot for trapping animals

This simple noose can be done quickly and is ideal for trapping small game. This video serves as a step by step detailed guide on how to tie it. Shown in two ways, a simple one and a more involved way that makes the rope and noose move more easily. Watch this video hunting tutorial and learn how to tie a looped knot noose for trapping animals and game.

How To: Make a homemade predator decoy

Hunting predators can be difficult. As their entire lives are based on being stealthy enough to make a kill, while expending minimal energy, finding your prey can prove to be quite time-consuming. One hunter has made a homemade predator decoy for less than $20. Watch the video to find out how.

How To: Clean a coyote

In this tutorial, we learn how to clean a coyote. Start out by cutting the legs and up to the inside of the rear end. Cut the skin around the feet and then peel the fur and skin upwards. Trim into the butt of the coyote, then cut around the tail into the middle. Keep pulling the skin up around the legs of the animal and around the thighs, using a sharp knife to loosen the skin. Remove the skin completely from around the legs, then cut the tail so only the bone is left and the skin is off. Aft...

How To: Deflesh the skull & antlers of a deer to make a mount

Looking to stick your winning game on your wall? In this two part tutorial, learn how to deflesh the skull and antlers of a deer and make it into what is commonly known as a Dry Skull, Desert, European, Texas, or Western Mount. Part one covers starting with the harvested animal, a typical plaque, discussing set-up and basic methods, the bone overview and the processes' start. Part two continues the defleshing of the skull base, tightening of the nasal bones, whitening, detailing, antler base ...

How To: Make a bench shooting bag

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial Dave from 'journey the outdoors' explains how to make a bench shooting bag. This is used by bench or week-end shooters for recreation purposes. For this you will need an old sock. Take one that you don't use anymore and preferably a tight knit sock. Then fill it with rice and tie the open end of the sock. You can also fill it with beans or some other such substance. Rice and beans being bigger than sand, there will be more air in the bag and it will a...

How To: Tan a cow hide

Preparing a cow hide can be a bit trocky if you don't know how to do it properly. Lucky for you, that's what we're here for! Watch this two part tutorial on how to properly tan a cow hide. Enjoy!

How To: Stuff a zander fish for a taxidermy mount

Fishing enthusiasts don't need to waste the skin on a prize catch. Eat the meat, but when cleaning the fish, cut the skin so that it stay in tact for mounting. The delightful English demonstrator walks through the steps of cleaning, prepping, and stuffing a mounted taxidermy fish. Watch this video taxidermy tutorial and learn how to prepare a fish (in this case a zander) for creating a taxidermy mount.

How To: Make a rabbit snare

Watch this video to check out how to make a home made rabbit snare. If you can't find stainless steel wire, brass or copper will work just as well. Make sure your string is very strong. Consider using a braided twine that is treated with a non-slip coating to prevent knot slippage.

How To: Taxidermy a dead rat and add bright red LED eyes

This is gruesome. Beware. Don't watch if you're easily grossed out. The rat has a battery access hatch made out of velcro on its back, not shown in the film. If you solder a battery, make sure you do it quick - if the battery is exposed to heat from the soldering gun for too long, it will EXPLODE! You can buy feeder pets - rats, mice, and even rabbits and sometimes guinea pigs - at snake food stores. just browse the yellow pages. The original tutorial is by CANIDA on Instructables. She also d...

How To: Flesh the head of a deer to prepare for tanning

In this video taxidermy tutorial series, a professional taxidermist demonstrates how to flesh a whitetail deer head. Whether you're tanning yourself or taking it to a professional tannery, the preparation of the deer flesh needs to be done the same way. An anti-bacterial spray needs to be applied to keep the skin from being damaged. All remnants of meaty muscle, fat, or ligaments need to be removed so that only the skin is tanned. Amateur taxidermy enthusiasts can learn how to carry out the p...

How To: Mold and cast a fish mount for taxidermy statues

This video taxidermy tutorial demonstrates the process of molding and casting a fish mount. Any fish can be placed into molding material and covered with plaster to create an exact replica of the fish. When the mold hardens, a duplicate of the fish can be cast. Watch this instructional video and learn how to mold and cast a fish mount for taxidermy statues.

How To: Make a cheap but realistic goose call

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a realistic goose call. The materials required for this project are: a plastic bottle cap, scissors, rubber band and a piece of paper. Begin by making a small hole in the bottle cap. Then wrap the paper around the other side of the bottle cap and secure it with the rubber band. Now just blow in the hole and make a humming sound to create a goose call. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy goose hunting, and would like to learn how to...

How To: Prepare the ears on a deer mount by the bondo method

A professional taxidermist demonstrates the "bondo ear" method for a whitetail deer mount in this video taxidermy tutorial. The mixture used is half bondo and half polyester resin, and the ears on the deer mount are further stuffed with a fiberglass mat to reinforce the material. The mixture is then placed on a stick and then slid down the ear of the deer skin cape. Amateur taxidermists can watch this instructional video and learn how to prepare the ears on a deer mount by the bondo method.

How To: Remove a turkey tail fan

In this tutorial, we learn how to remove a turkey tail fan. Get the tail fan and spread it out, then hold the secondary tail fans and cut the tail fans out. You will want to cut at the base of the turkey where the but is, skinning a little bit to get it out. The removal should be pretty quick and simple. Before you do this, you should prepare the turkey by hanging it upside down on a tree. Keep the tail fan in borax powder until you're able to properly store it to make a trophy out of it. Thi...

How To: Bait and catch a squirrel

You can find a humane squirrel and rodent trap at most all-purpose stores, this video recommends Home Depot and will cost about thirty-five dollars. To bait it you will need some peanut butter and crackers. Take out four crackers and break them in half. Spread some peanut butter on one side of each piece. In the middle of the trap there is a trigger that is raised when active. Place two pieces of the cracker behind the trigger deep in the cage. Next place two pieces upside down on the trigger...

How To: Do a tending grunt sequence when dear hunting

Peter Fiduccia from Field and Stream explains how to use the tending grunt sequence when hunting deer. The tending grunt is a grunt made by a buck when following a doe. The grunt is made in order to let the doe know that he wants to breed. The key to making the call is to be soft. Bucks don't make this call with aggression or loudly. The first step is to take the call and cup your hand around the end. Blow gently into the call. For more resonance in the call, grab the call with both hands at ...

How To: Prepare a whitetail deer head for mounting

In this video taxidermy tutorial series, a professional taxidermist demonstrates how to prepare a whitetail deer cape for mounting. Now that the skin has been fleshed and tanned, the deer head cape is ready to be mounted. The skin will need the mount that will shape the skin, and will require trimming and sewing of the tanned and prepped skin. Watch this instructional video and learn how to prepare a whitetail deer head for mounting.

How To: Field dress a deer while hunting

Find out a better way to get more quality cuts from the deer that you harvested by watching this how-to video. This instructional video will steer you to the best way of deboning and packaging your meat for the freezer. Watch and learn how to field dress a deer, without the inconvenience of ending the hunt. Let's go slaughter some more deer!

How To: Mount deer antlers

This video is fantastic and very detailed on how to mount deer antlers. He carves the antlers off a deer head, then boils them to remove the meat, finally he mounts them on a piece of wood. For this professional taxidermy tutorial you may need a hack saw. Oh also, you need a deer head.

How To: Make sure your game is really dead

In this tutorial, we learn how to make sure your game is really dead. One of the best things is to stay away from the feet, then touch the eyes with the end of your rifle. If there is no reaction at all, then the animal is dead for sure. After this, you will need to attach a validated elk tag to the animal, making sure it's secured. Glue it to the ear using your hands and pressing it down for several seconds. In different states, there are rules and regulations as to where you have to apply t...

How To: Field dress a deer

In this tutorial we learn how to field dress a deer. First, put some gloves on and grab a sharp knife. After this, puncture a hole in the lower half of the throat of the deer. Next, start to cut up until you reach the neck. There will be a lot of blood that comes out, just a warning. Then, you will see the inside of the deer start to come out from the fur. Cut the piece of the neck and then tie together at the end. To finish, go to the rear end of the deer and cut from the hole. Tie it with a...

How To: Score a big buck or elk

In this tutorial, we learn how to score a big buck or elk with Stan Potts. First, take the bottom of it and remove a bottom line from the main beam. Measure the length of all of the sides. If you're going to cut it out, you should be perfectly even with the top. Then, you will do this on the other side for a typical frame. From here, take the greatest inside spread at a perpendicular angle and that will be your spread credit. Add up each side individually and then you will find the difference...

How To: Skin a deer with a golf ball

In this tutorial, we learn how to skin a deer with a golf ball. First, hang it up by a tree around its neck. From here, taper down from the shoulders until you reach the bottom. Then, cut each of the ankles right around the knuckle and slice it down the front like normal. From here you will take a golf ball and stick it in the hide. Hold the hide over the golf ball and then make a ball with it. Then, take a slip knot and wrap it around the golf ball, tightening it up tight. From here, you wil...

How To: SKin a deer the easy way

In this video we learn how to skin a deer the easy way. First, you will lay the deer down on its back and remove the fur from the stomach area. By this time, the legs and arms of the deer should be cut off. Next, you will use your knife to cut all the way to the throat and around the neck area. From here, you will pull the fur back from the deer all the way around. Once you get to the back, you will need to turn the deer around to get the rest of the fur from the back.

How To: Skin a deer hide

In this tutorial, we learn how to skin a deer hide. First, cut into the joint on the back legs. Cut across this, then down through the back side of the leg. Open the leg up with the knife and continue to cut until you see the last joint. After this, you can snap the leg and then repeat this same process for all of the legs. Now, apply pressure to the neck where you want to cut and then skin the stomach area from the inside area. Keep the tip of the knife away from the hide so you don't poke a...

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