Do you have a hunter in the home that brings home his or her latest kill and has it stuffed to be mounted on the wall? One of the most prized possessions of a hunter is his or her taxidermy collection. Unfortunately, over the years, the collection can begin to take over the home. If your collection has begun to outgrow your home, it may be time to consider placing some of the collection in storage.
Here, you will learn how to safely package and store your collection in a storage unit:
Packaging the Collection
Your first thought may be to buy a bunch of plastic storage containers for your collection, but this is not your best option. The best option for storing your trophies is placing them carefully in wooden crates. Unlike plastic bins, the wooden crates will allow any moisture that remains in the trophy to escape.
You can make your own wooden crates, or inquire about purchasing them from your taxidermist. Whether you make your own or purchase them, you should spend a few minutes running a bead of silicone caulking to seal the crate up completely. Do not allow any cracks to remain or insects and rodents can get into the crate and destroy your collection.
The trophies that are mounted on the wall in your home can be mounted to the side of the crate using wood screws. This will help to ensure that they stay positioned properly during transport and prevent damage. Trophies that are free-standing should be placed in the crate and the crate filled with dry straw or packing materials to prevent damage.
One other thing to consider is placing pest poison pellets in the bottom of the crate. This way, if insects or rodents make their way into the crate, they will soon die.
Choosing the Storage Facility
The storage facility that you choose must be climate controlled. Without climate control, your collection will be exposed to excessive heat and cold and uncontrolled moisture levels. If the collection is exposed to changing temperatures, the hides will begin to crack and eventually fall apart. If it is exposed to too much moisture, they will begin to warp or swell. If not enough moisture is present, the hides will crack and shrink.
Your collection is one of a kind and cannot be replaced. Because of this, be sure that the storage facility that you choose has adequate security. Look for a facility with a locked gate at the entrance, security cameras, and maybe a security guard on site.
You can safely store your taxidermy collection in a self-storage facility if you do it right. If you have further questions about putting your collection in storage, contact your taxidermist for further advice on how to handle the situation. To learn more, contact a company like Diaz Super Storage with any questions you have.