Selecting a Taxidermist
A couple of weeks ago the Mossy Oak Properties crew had a booth set up in Greenville, NC at the Carolina Outdoor Expo. I spent a fair amount of time at the show that weekend and noticed a surprising amount of taxidermists advertising their work there.
A well trained taxidermist will typically have the ability to mount anything from whitetails to wood ducks. However, some taxidermists may specialize in just waterfowl or small game. It is important to research a particular taxidermist before using them. Asking the right questions is key…and “how long will it take to get my buck back” is not one of them. It’s best to wait and ensure the mount is completed properly than to rush it back and have it look inferior.
Most taxidermists have a social media page or a website to show off their work such as this (https://www.facebook.com/badboyztaxidermy/?fref=ts). If not, contact them and ask for photos of various mounts they have done. Stopping by their workshop and seeing some of their work in progress is a great way to get a feel for end result as well. There have been a few times when I had a form picked out only to change my mind when looking at other mounts being completed in their studio. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you may have either. Much time and money goes into each hunt, so preserving the memories of a successful hunt is well worth asking a few questions.
The Mossy Oak Properties crew was blessed this past year to be able spend some time hunting in the field and we have everything from Nebraskan mallards to gnarly Halifax County, NC bucks to a Colorado bull elk to show for it. We each have a taxidermist we use as we’re spread across eastern NC. The point is, harvesting a game animal worthy of a trophy mount is rare and due diligence needs to be taken when deciding on how to preserve the memory of a successful hunt.
I hope that each of you were lucky enough to harvest a game animal that is fit for your personal trophy wall. If not, I wish you the best of luck in the future when in the field. Just remember to do your homework before just picking any random taxidermist. The mount will hang on your wall for years to come. Make sure you do everything you can to ensure it looks as it should.
The waterfowl mount in the above photo was done by Preston Hill. He can be contacted at (252) 955-1578