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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 22-25st, 2018 in Steven's Point, WI.

 
Rendezvous

A summer competition and member meeting. August 10-12th, 2018 at the Door County Rod & Gun Club and AmericInn in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

 

Buffalohead

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. Here are some tips to focus on:

Anatomy
Is the bird balanced or does it look like it could tip over?
Do the wings and tail flow from the body or jut out at odd angles?
Does the neck look skinny and stretched tight or bunched up, or smooth and flowing from the head into the body?

Eyes
Are they symmetrical?
Are they bulgy or set too deeply?
Are they the right color?
Are the eyelids reconstructed and painted correctly?

Feet
Are they located in the correct place?
Are they shrunken and shriveled up?
Are they the right color? Do they look painted?

Professionalism
Is it clean?
Does it smell?
Are there wires sticking out of the mount?
Is there overspray on the feathers?
Does it look fluffy and smooth?
Is it firmly attached to the base or wood?

A major problem in bird taxidermy is proper degreasing. If a skin is not degreased thoroughly, it will be odorous, attract bugs, and may even bleed grease onto the feathers in hot weather. The bill and the feet should look full and fleshy. Feet should be injected and the fleshy parts of the bill rebuilt. The use of artificial heads eliminates shrinkage of the bill.

  • Judging Birds +

    Buffalohead Birds can be one of the toughest mounts to recreate. The best way to understand a good bird mount is Read More
  • Judging Fish +

    Bull Trout Fish taxidermy has come a long way in the last decade or so. However, not all taxidermists are familiar with Read More
  • Judging Mammals +

    Wikimedia Whether a full body or a shoulder mount, mammal taxidermy starts with good fleshing and tanning. Improper fleshing results in Read More
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