Do not gut the bird. Wash off any blood that may have gotten on any feathers with water. Place the bird in a plastic bag, being careful not to damage any of the feathers. If the bird’s tail is too long, don’t bend it, let it stick out of the bag. Tie the bag loosely and freeze as soon as possible.
Unless you are experienced at skinning, animals that are coyote size or smaller, should be taken to your taxidermist to be skinned properly. Don’t gut the animal. Because small mammals spoil quickly, they should be put in a plastic bag and frozen as soon as the carcass has cooled completely.
Do not gut your fish. Lay the fins flat against the fish’s body. You should wrap the fish in a wet towel or in a plastic bag and freeze as soon as possible. You can keep a fish wrapped like this in the freezer for months.