Taxidermy Tanning Proper Field Care

Taxidermy tanning begins with the hunter which is probably you. If you fail to handle your animal properly it may result in a poor tan. Big game, small game, all must be handled with care right after the harvest (kill) if you intend to have something done with it, especially tanned .

The biggest problem with big game hunters is how they retrieve their game back to the vehicle and or camp. Do NOT put ropes around necks and drag ! That's a no, no. Solution ? ATV, game cart, tractor, a sled (if there is snow) and if all else fails you could wrap the down deer in a tarp and drag by the antlers. As far as elk and other big game in that range, naturally you would skin out on the kill sight. You don't want to pull the hair out by dragging it. Or worse yet, loosen it (the hair) so that when it is tanned it falls out. Continue reading

Porcupine Taxidermy For Sale

Porcupine TaxidermyOnly a few taxidermists actually deal in Porcupine Taxidermy. Porcupines have very sharp quills and very few trappers and hunters in North America pay attention to porcupines. However there is a market for Porcupine Taxidermy. Porcupines have soft hair, but for protection and located on their back, sides, and tail it is usually mixed with sharp quills. These quills typically lie flat until a porcupine is threatened, then leap to attention as a credible deterrent. Porcupines cannot shoot their sharp quills at predators as once rumored, but the quills do disengage easily when touched and stab it’s object with pain. Continue reading

Taxidermy Big Horn Sheep

Taxidermy Big Horn SheepBig horn sheep taxidermy is hard to come by at times. Only a few states within the USA actually have a population of big horn sheep. Alaskan bighorn sheep and desert big horn sheep are the most popular when dealing with Taxidermy Big Horn Sheep. Bighorn males, called rams, are well-known for their large, curled taxidermy horns. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, there were between 1.5 million to two million bighorn sheep in North America. Today, there are less than 70,000. Hunters, not taxes, pay for bighorn sheep conservation and restoration efforts. Funds are derived from the purchase of hunting licenses and tags and indirectly through an excise tax on sporting goods. Continue reading

Longhorn Taxidermy For Sale

longhorn headsIf you live in Texas or anywhere in the southwest you have probably seen a longhorn taxidermy hanging on someone’s porch or gate. Most people outside of this geographic area don’t even know or have ever heard of a longhorn steer before. The Texas longhorn is actually hybrid breed resulting from a mixing of Spanish cattle and English cattle that Anglo-American frontiersmen brought to Texas from southern and Midwestern states back in the early 1800s. Sometime in the mid 1960’s, the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America (TLBAA) was founded, and a registration process was established. Thus, Texas Longhorns became a registered breed. Continue reading

Beaver Pelts For Sale

beaver pelts for saleBeaver pelts without a doubt are one the most beautiful wildlife garments on the market today. Beaver pelts bring in good money for the fur trapper. There are no shortages of beaver pelts for sale and are sold worldwide annually. Russia and China make are the number one buyers of beaver pelts. Most states within the USA are very liberal on beaver take and some states don’t even regulate beaver trapping. This would be for states that are over run by the rodents and where millions of dollars in property damage occur annually. Those who visit our website for beaver pelts for sale are usually collectors and craftsmen who are usually in need of a tanned beaver pelt. Beaver pelts that are hooped are prime candidates for home décor. Continue reading

Pheasant Mounts For Sale

Pheasant taxidermy is probably the most popular and recognized bird taxidermy anywhere in the world. The United States accounts for the majority of pheasant mounts being produced and sold throughout the market. There are approximately 49 species and even more subspecies of pheasant and In North America they have been widely introduced to many areas for sportsman and women to hunt. Their white meat is some of the best table fare anyone could ever imagine. If you were to harvest a pheasant today and bring it to a taxidermist within North America you could expect to pay anywhere from $275 to $350 for a commercial taxidermy mount. Award winning bird taxidermist will have no problem in fetching upwards to $500 for a pheasant mount. Continue reading

Walleye Taxidermy Mounts For Sale

. Walleye taxidermy mounts for saleThe walleye is basically categorized with the perch family. Walleye are by far the best fresh water tasting fish going. If you want to catch big sized walleye, then Lake Erie is your destination. Walleye exhibit two different color phases depending on where they are caught. Walleye taxidermy mounts for sale are not that uncommon. Many taxidermists sell walleye taxidermy mounts.
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Deer Capes For Sale

deer capes for saleThe most bought and sold taxidermy item between other taxidermists is no doubt a deer cape. Deer capes for sale are the most searched query on Taxidermy Broker. Thousands upon thousands of deer capes are skinned, tanned and mounted annually across the United States by qualified and sometimes not so qualified taxidermists. The deer cape is probably the most abused hide lying on a taxidermists work bench. Thousands of deer capes end up going bad year after year within the taxidermy industry. Hair slippage is the leading cause of a bad cape followed by too short of a cape. This could be the fault of the hunter, in which most cases are OR the fault of the taxidermist. So what is a taxidermist to do? He or she needs to mount your deer. Simply put, buy another deer cape. It is not uncommon for a taxidermist to buy another deer cape and switch it out with the original cape. The average will not even know, especially when a matched cape is bought. A matched cape would mean that the deer cape bought, is the same exact size and from the same region where the original deer was harvested. Continue reading

Giraffe Taxidermy Classifieds

giraffe taxidermyLooking for giraffe taxidermy? The giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Its species name refers to its camel-like appearance and the patches of color on its fur. Its chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones, and its distinctive coat patterns. It is classified under the family Giraffidae, along with its closest extant relative, the okapi. The nine subspecies are distinguished by their coat patterns. Continue reading

Robert Clark’s Take on Taxidermy

Based in Brooklyn, Robert Clark has had quite the spectrum of projects—from the photographs in Buzz Bissinger’s bestselling Friday Night Lights to the National Magazine Award-winning work of “Was Darwin Wrong?” in National Geographic magazine. Robert Clark's fascination with taxidermy started with a taxidermied polar bear fright. It wasn't until years later when Clark would fully realize the impact that would have on his own artwork. Continue reading

Learn Taxidermy At Home

learn taxidermyMany taxidermists got their start by not going to a taxidermy school, but by learning through media. There is a taxidermy book or a taxidermy DVD on just about anything and everything to do with taxidermy. Learning taxidermy by means of a book and or DVD is the most economical way. You can learn taxidermy at your own pace and not break the bank at the same time. Many taxidermists from around the world have taught themselves by studying books and or watching instruction DVD’s on how to taxidermy. Learn taxidermy today by starting out with a reading simple book on taxidermy. There are thousands of book and publications written about taxidermy not to mention all of the videos filmed on taxidermy. Continue reading

Alice Kwapis The Traveling Taxidermist


Alice Kwapis is an inspiring female taxidermist and has studied under California #taxidermist and popular Internet sensation subject Chuck Testa, and has mounted everything from rats and guinea pigs to deer and kangaroos. She teaches taxidermy in private classrooms which are usually sold-out in Cleveland, London, Atlanta, Toronto and Brisbane, Australia. She says her age, gender and appearance often are unexpected, especially when she’s teaching abroad. #AliceKwapis says her classes have drawn hipsters, doctors, stay-at-home moms and Girl Scout troops.
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Taxidermists Are You Ready For Turkey Season?

taxidermy turkey pricesThe majority of North America is coming upon the annual spring turkey hunting season. That means turkey hunters from Maine to the west coast of Oregon will be taking to the woods in pursuit of the wild turkey. That means taxidermy shops across America will be once again busy taking in birds to mount.

If you’re new to taxidermy and just starting out, now is NOT the time to start taking in clients thunder chickens. You should have at least a good year of practice of mounting #turkeys in all poses before you consider offering your services to the public. Continue reading

Leon Pray

Back in an article I wrote on May 29 I was telling of some interesting things I had run across in my reading of some old Dowagiac Daily News papers. One little item had mentioned Leon Pray, who was a well-known taxidermist at the Field Museum in Chicago. I can remember Wally Luthringer telling us boys how famous a man Leon was, as Wally must have been a friend of his when they were younger.

After my mention of Leon Pray, I got a call from one of my 1948 classmates, Shirley Suits Phillips, who told me she had a sculpture of a frog that Mr. Pray had made in 1948 and given to her husband Roger's father years ago.

Shirley brought the frog sculpture for me to look at, which I wrote about on June 12 in one of my articles. Continue reading