• Birds
  • Fish
  • Mammals
harmonica pete

Birds can be one of the toughest mounts to recreate. The best way to understand a good bird mount is to look at a real bird or photos of live birds and compare...

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USFWS Mountain Prairie

Fish taxidermy has come a long way in the last decade or so. However, not all taxidermists are familiar with these advances, nor use the reference materials so readily...

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wikimedia

Whether a full body or a shoulder mount, mammal taxidermy starts with good fleshing and tanning. Improper fleshing results in shrinkage and poor detail work...

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  • Field Care +

    Good taxidermy begins with good field care. Without a good specimen, there are problems before the work even begins. The skin begins to decay immediately upon death, so take care of your specimen as soon as possible. Keeping it cold slows this breakdown; freezing stops it. Always freeze specimens sealed in an airtight plastic bag to avoid damage by freezer burn. Fish Once landed, don't Read More
  • Mount Care +

    Dust your mounts frequently with a feather or fleece duster in the direction of the hair, fur or feathers. Don't be afraid to groom mammal mounts - hair often gets mussed up moving them. Smooth fur with fingers or with a dog brush. Eyes and noses may be kept clean with window cleaner and a Q-tip. Fish should be wiped with a damp rag. Occasional cleaning Read More
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Happenings

WI State Taxidermist Competition

Taxidermists from around the state compete in different categories to be state champion. Feb 23-26st, 2017 in Steven's Point, WI.

 
Rendezvous

A summer competition and member meeting. August 11-13th, 2017 at the Door County Rod & Gun Club and AmericInn in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

 

Good taxidermy begins with good field care. Without a good specimen, there are problems before the work even begins. The skin begins to decay immediately upon death, so take care of your specimen as soon as possible. Keeping it cold slows this breakdown; freezing stops it. Always freeze specimens sealed in an airtight plastic bag to avoid damage by freezer burn.

Fish

Once landed, don't allow a fish to scar itself or tear it's fins by thrashing. Wrap it in a wet cloth or paper towels. Never use newspaper, as the ink can be absorbed by the skin. To store, seal wet, cloth-wrapped fish in double plastic bags and lie as flatly as possible in the freezer.

Birds

Wipe off blood, smooth feathers and seal in a plastic bag and freeze whole as soon as possible. Birds left out all day in fall weather may begin to slip and lose feathers. Inspect potential mounts carefully. Birds with excessive pinfeathers and badly shot up often make poor mounts. When in doubt, bring the bird to a taxidermist before it is frozen so they can check it.

Gameheads

Do not slit the ears, slash the throat, drag or hang by the neck!
Avoid getting skin wet or hanging for an extended period of time. Many taxidermists prefer to cape (skin head and shoulders) themselves. Cut the hide all the way around behind the front legs and halfway down the forearms, being especially careful to cut along the back of the legs, NOT inside. Skin up to the head and then cut off carcass, keeping the hide attached to the head. Deliver to the taxidermist, or if impossible, seal in a plastic garbage bag and freeze. Note: Tines puncture bags easily, allowing air to cause rapid freezer burn around the ears, eyes, nose and lips. Take it to a taxidermist as soon as possible after freezing.