If I harvest a deer this fall I want to have it tested. The vet lab doing the testing said they need a lymph node. Is it possible to remove lymph nodes without destroying the cape if I want to mount the deer? Has anyone done this before
As Hunting Wife has said, cape the animal first leaving a portion of the neck (maybe 6-8 inches) below the "back" of the lower jaw bones. The person doing the removal of the retropharyngeal lymph nodes should be able to extract the lymph nodes from an animal that has been prepared as described.You have to take the retropharyngeal lymph nodes- below the jaw, behind the windpipe and esophagus. Cape it first, then dig for lymph nodes.