The impact of CWD won’t be known until sometime next year when the deer hunting season is over. There are many different ways that taxidermists will be affected by CWD and not all taxidermists will be affected the same way. Deer hunting alone is a one billion dollar industry in Wisconsin, while deer taxidermy is considered the bread and butter work for many taxidermists. Some of the ways taxidermists will be affected are listed below:
- Because of the number of hunting license is down 22% in Wisconsin right now, that means less bucks will be harvested and sent to the taxidermists.
- Because of hunters having their deer tested for CWD, having their deer mounted, and not hunting locally, the workload of deer head mounting could be shifted to other area’s of the state than normally seen. This could reduce or increase your workload.
- Because of the extra work and costs in handling the deer for mounting, this could raise the costs of having a deer head mounted. Some hunters may not want to pay the extra cost for mounting.