Oct 10th, 2008 by mcarthur
There is nothing funny about poor-quality taxidermy. Have you ever seen a deer with bulging eyes, smiling lips, and a plugged-up nose? How about a duck with rough-looking feathers, shriveled feet, and grease oozing from the belly, or a lifesize animal that looks “DEAD”
These inaccuracies are an insult to both the animal and the sportsman. Disappointing outcomes are what you may encounter as the result of not knowing how to select the right taxidermist. Most outdoorsmen make their selection based on price. They typically call several taxidermists and ask, “How much do you charge?”
What you should be concerned about is the quality of workmanship that will be put into your trophy mount that you want to admire for years after “the hunt”.
Don’t be taken in by a cheap price. A low price is achieved by taking shortcuts and cutting corners. Do you really want someone using poor-quality materials and undesirable techniques to mount your once-in-a-lifetime trophy?
To avoid these problems, here are things you should know before selecting a taxidermist. Select a taxidermist who takes the time to thoroughly explain your options and answer all of your questions. There are many options available; some that you may not have known were possible. Don’t let a taxidermist mislead you into receiving something you don’t want; one size doesn’t fit all. A good taxidermist will go out of his/her way to capture that perfect pose or find the “just-right” habitat that you had in mind. Look for a taxidermist with artistic ability that will be able to create a unique, one-of-a-kind mount. Select a taxidermist who offers a realistic price, not the cheapest.
THE SAYING “YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR” IS VERY TRUE IN THE TAXIDERMY WORLD.
My rates may be slightly higher than the competition. However, to offer my services at a lower price would mean I would have to cut corners. Using poor-quality materials, and not investing proper time into the mount is something that I do not believe in. I want to give your trophy the attention that it deserves.
Whitetail Taxidermy is a reputable, full-service fully insured taxidermy studio catering to quality-conscious sportsmen. My clients are looking for a finely crafted, eye-catching mount that will last a lifetime. The result is a mount that will give you a great sense of pride and satisfaction. I encourage you to stop by my studio and view the work for yourself.