I'm going to tell my husband to look about how to do specially for saving the head. He's also attending Field to Fork (put on by Fish and Wildlife) this upcoming weekend to learn more and has probably watched a dozen videos - our daughter has watched some of the videos, but can't attend Field to Fork as it's for 18+ only. He did field dress his own deer (with help) when he went hunting before, but that over 25 years ago so he's treating it like he's got to learn it all over againI would also suggest reading up on how to field dress and care for the meat after the shot. I started hunting in the early 80's with no previous knowledge, other than books. (pre-internet) I actually carried copies of the pages showing "how to field dress a deer", folded up in my pocket. LOL! And used it!
If you plan on mounting the head, you need to know you can't open up the deer too far, or you'll mess it up. Cooling the deer down quickly is important too, and hanging it for a few days is preferred by many (including me). Read up on that stuff too.
Most of all, be safe and have fun. It's not for everyone, but very thrilling and even addictive to some!! GOOD LUCK to the young lady!
Thank you! I think she's going to end up loving it if her excitement level now is any indication LOL