1) Treat the turkey gently; grab by the legs or handle the body. Don't grab the turkey by the head or drag it on the ground. Keep the feathers from getting bent or dirty. When transporting the turkey, lay it on its belly, not its back.
2) Lay the turkey on its back, being careful to keep blood from dripping on the feathers. If blood does get on the feathers, wash them off ASAP.
3) If the head is bleeding, stick paper towels in the turkey's mouth. Roll the head in paper towels and fold towels over the head and tape them closed.
4) Tuck the head inside the wing; fold the wings tight against the turkey's body.
5) Pre-cut a piece of cardboard to place over the tail feathers and feet. Do NOT tie the feet and feathers together inside the cardboard. (This is very important as kinked tail feathers are difficult to repair.)
6) Put the turkey headfirst inside a large plastic garbage bag. Roll the bag over in a tear-drop shape, handling the turkey by only its legs or main body. Tape the bag shut.
7) Fit the cardboard around the tail-feathers and feet. Tape or staple the cardboard into position.
8) Store the turkey in the freezer on its side and bring to Koch Taxidermy as soon as possible. Do not store in freezer for long periods of time.