My best advice on what to do with the deer to make it ready for the taxidermist is to skin it yourself. Rather than me try to explain it, check it out on the internet. Try youtube.com and type in skinning deer for taxidermy or something like that.
I had a deer done (shot in 06) last year as did my nephew from McGrath and he was great. McGrath Northeastern Taxidermy
5309 East Heisley Road
All I had from the deer was the skull plate and the antlers because I did not want to get him mounted at the time. He has extra skins so it was just an additional $40. That way, you don't ahve to make the decision to mount or not right away.
Be patient...you may not get a big buck the first year, but now is the time to figure out how to go about it before that big buck is laying in your garage. Good luck