I got my first mountain goat this year, and I packed out the entire hide except for the hooves and first inch or two of the feet. I took the entire hide to the tanner, and it will be at least a few months before I even need to worry about what to do, but I am not really sure about what to do with it. The hide is really, really nice. You can probably see by the photo I posted on the Hunting Photos that he was getting pretty near his full winter growth (shooting date 10/2):
The main thing I want with the hide is a nice throw. I'm thinking just patch the holes in the tanned hide and sew a backing and border to it, almost like a rug. Any other ideas for this type of thing? Anything I should worry about in terms of upkeep / preservation?
Also, being that it was my first goat and it seems to be pretty big in the world of goats, and I think they are just beautiful animals, I am considering getting a mount. I know a lot of folks do half-size and full-size, and I knew I didn't want to go that route - which is why I left the hooves in the field. I am thinking of doing a shoulder mount, though. My one question is this - how much of the hide would I sacrifice in getting this accomplished? I don't want to snatch out the best part of the blanket to make the head mount. On the other hand, I don't want the mount to look stupid because I didn't take enough of the neck. Thoughts? Is it pretty simple to accomplish both? Any advice or experience here would be appreciated.