(A:) It is important that your trophy is taken care of properly and in a timely manner. If you cannot get to a taxidermist right away, here are some tips:
Don't let your deer hang for a long period of time in temperatures above 40 degrees. The meat will stay longer, but the skin and fur can form bacteria very quickly and will begin to break down the moment the animal dies. This goes for any furbearers as well. Try to cape your deer out and get it into a freezer as soon as possible. The sooner you can do this, the better. If you are not comfortable skinning mammals properly, freeze them whole. If you are not comfortable caping a deer, please call me and I’ll be happy to help. When you freeze any specimen, make sure it is wrapped in heavy garbage bags. Do not leave any areas exposed for long periods of time; this can cause freezer burn, which can ruin your mount.
If you would like to mount a bird, you may freeze them whole as well. To keep the feathers in order, make sure they all lay naturally against the body. Birds such as ducks and pheasants can be pulled head first into a nylon to help the feathers lay properly. You can then wrap the bird in newspaper and put it into a plastic bag. Try to get as much air out as possible and it won’t hurt to double wrap them.
A fish must be kept relatively wet until you can freeze it or get it to a taxidermist. Do not let the fish sit in the sun. Put it in a cooler and keep it damp. If you have regular store bought borax at your house, you can wipe the fish down from head to tail with it, to remove the natural slime coat that fish have. This will prevent bacteria from growing. Then simply rinse the fish off, wrap it in a wet towel or tightly in cellophane, laying all the fins against the body. Finish off by double bagging in a heavy trash bag.
If taken care of properly, game can last quite a while in the freezer. But don't take any chances with your trophy and get it to a taxidermist as soon as possible!