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Taxidermists Terms to Know

Taxidermy is a unique and interesting profession that many pet owners and hunters require at some time or another. As you may know, taxidermists specialize in preparing, stuffing and mounting the skins of animals. You supply these experts with a dead deer, bear, fish, or bird, and he or she will prepare it to look lifelike. Special schooling is required for anyone who wants to learn taxidermy. While hunting often results in these mounted animals, some people choose to have their pets preserved as well. Here are a few useful terms to know about the subject.

  • Freeze Dry – This is a method of rapidly freezing something at very low temperatures in order to preserve it. Once frozen, the object is subjected to a high-powered vacuum tool that removes any ice by sublimation.
  • Fleshing – A process that involves removing all red meat from the deer, bear or other animal. A machine or scalpel is often utilized to do this. If a fish or bird is the subject, this meat must all be removed as well.
  • Salting – A specific table is often used to apply salt to the animal. This is done after the fleshing of the raccoon, wolf, or elk. This helps pull moisture off the animal and works like a dehydration process. It often takes around six weeks.
  • Skinning Gambrel – A frame with chains and hooks that are used to suspend a dead animal in the air. This allows a taxidermist to skin the animal. While there is no special schooling required to use a gambrel, there is a certain process that must be learned.
  • Tail Stripping Tool – A hand tool that enables you to strip the skin from an animal tail in one easy motion. Many hunting supply shops and taxidermy product dealers offer these devices.
    National Taxidermists Association
    Green Forest, AR 72638
    An organization that would endorse education, solidarity, and standards for the entire taxidermy industry to embrace. Our association focuses on the needs and interests of the taxidermy industry.
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    Mike Shields' Taxidermy Studio
    Rr 2 Box 82, Dawson, IL 62520
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    (217) 364-5428
    User Review: "I dropped off two birds in january, he gave me approximately 3 months to have the work completed and he not only cashed my..." - Private (IL)
    Fish Specialties Taxidermy
    Joliet, IL 60435
    Specializing in fish and ONLY fish! Custom mounting of all game fish. Skin mounts and replicas, repairs, restorations and repaints.
    (815) 744-1380
    Cliff's Taxidermy
    Plainfield, IL 60544
    Highest Quality Full-Time Professional Taxidermist "The Mount That Counts" Deer Heads, Large Game, Mammals, Fish, Birds, and Reptiles
    (815) 436-7348
    Arrowhead Taxidermy
    805 North St, Essex, IL 60935
    For the very finest in taxidermy services, schedule an appointment with the area's experts today. We supply our customers with high quality workmanship at prices they can afford. All animals, fish, and birds are welcome.
    (815) 365-2288
    Pepper Ridge Taxidermy
    17 Rutherford Ct, Bloomington, IL 61705
    Offering commercial taxidermy for all big game, fish, & more with fast turn around! We also repair damaged mounts. After a lot of demand, we now provide service for your pets that have passed away.
    (309) 838-0000
    Tall Tine Taxidermy
    3800 Radford Rd, Springfield, IL 62707
    We are a reliable, full-service taxidermy studio located in the local area. Our taxidermists are licensed and certified. We strive for quality and perfection for your trophy mount!
    (217) 341-5763
    Bryants Archery
    179 N Main St, Seneca, IL 61360
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    (815) 357-8062
    User Review: "Shot 3 buffelheads in 2008, stopped in today 2011 after at least 10 calls and stopping in 3 other times. Saw my birds..."
    Kreaden Taxidermy
    5443 South Harlan Drive, Rochelle, IL 61068
    We mount all kids of animals with a guaranteed 6-month turn around on most species. Contact us today if you're looking for a professional taxidermist.
    (815) 761-2264
    Arrowhead Taxidermy
    805 North St, Essex, IL 60935
    This local taxidermist specializes in all forms of taxidermy. He has thousands of satisfied customers. He does deer mounts, fish, ducks, bear, and coyotes.
    (815) 365-2287
    Durk Sterner Taxidermy
    101 Carmipat Dr, Lone Tree, IA 52755
    (319) 330-1774
    Nature's Re-Creation Taxidermy
    255 Washington St, Wheatland, IA 52777
    (563) 374-1408
    Meyer Mike
    117 Obrian St, Goose Lake, IA 52750
    (563) 577-2263
    International Wildlife Taxidermy
    29w160 Pomeroy St, West Chicago, IL 60185
    (630) 562-1650
    Beach's Taxidermy
    1534 S Rawleigh Ave, Freeport, IL 61032
    (815) 232-5795
    Central Illinois Wildlife Studio
    711 W Avenue F, Lewistown, IL 61542
    (309) 547-7282

    Taxidermists are professionals who prepare, stuff, and mount animals of all kinds. Taxidermy is an art that has been around for several centuries. Although the first American book on this practice was published in the mid 1800s, other parts of the world have been embracing taxidermy for much longer. It is an art form that typically involves wildlife such as large fish, birds, deer, bears, tigers and other animals people kill while hunting. Although some individuals prefer to bury their pets after they pass on, other people choose to have their cat or dog stuffed, preserved, and mounted. This may involve processes like tanning the hide, painting artificial eyes, and sewing the skin of the dead animal. Certain supplies are required for this task. Sometimes a taxidermist has to freeze dry specific parts like the skull, choose a certain size of glass eye, and use artificial teeth that are carved. This requires a certain level of schooling and training. Depending on the bear, bird, deer or fish involved, it takes a certain period of time for the lifelike animal to be sculpted properly. When a hunting trophy or pet is completed, it may resemble a mannequin or dummy to some degree. Resort to the internet to learn a lot more about taxidermy and mounting wild animals. Although this is a unique process, there are a number of websites that can offer great details on this practice. If you have a specific animal in mind, try doing a little research on that species in particular.
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