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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.
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    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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    Possum Rock Taxidermy
    479 Office Road, Brooksville, MS 39739
    Full service taxidermy and wildlife art studio. We do stuffing for big game, deer, bears, moose, as well birds, duck, pheasants, etc. We also sell fishing mounts.
    (601) 941-8374
    Backwoods Taxidermy
    280 Cain Road, Camden, MS 39045
    Full service taxidermist. Visit our website for details. We can do anything from mounting to stuffing, to various supplies.
    (662) 468-0366
    Bayou Mounts Taxidermy
    1067 County Road 405, Houston, MS 38851
    I mount all game. Birds, Fish, and all other mammals. I do work cheaper than the other guys.
    (662) 456-4445
    Murphey Joey Taxidermy
    372 Pine Forest Rd, Chunky, MS 39323
    Taxidermists who specialize in mounting and stuffing animals. We freeze dry the body, use glass eyes and artificial teeth, and carve for a lifelike sculpture.
    (601) 655-8182
    Adams Taxidermy
    Amory, MS 38821
    Professional award winning fish and deer taxidermy business servicing all hunters and big gamers in the surrounding area. We reserve your trophy fish and deers.
    (662) 315-4918
    Bayou Mounts Taxidermy
    644 Starkville Road, Houston, MS 38851
    We are a full time taxidermy business. We are the cheapest in the area. Just because our prices are dirt cheap, and our high quality is guarenteed.
    (662) 213-5650
    Ferrell & Company
    214 James St, Union, MS 39365
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    (601) 774-8983
     
    User Review: "None better can be found. Very quick turn around. Excellent service."
    Wildlife Taxidermy
    4208 Hurley Wade Rd, Moss Point, MS 39562
    I am a well-trained and educated taxidermist with 40 years of experience in the art of taxidermy. I provide all types of taxidermy work and award-winning mounts.
    (228) 588-2442
    Rs Taxidermy
    60128 Hatley Cem.cir., Amory, MS 38821
    When all of your hard work and dedication has paid off in the field, whether it be a whitetail of a lifetime, or your child's first animal, we turn it into a quality mount. Specializing in big game.
    (662) 640-5628
    Nature Preserve The
    1123 New Hope Church Rd, Lucedale, MS 39452
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    (601) 766-3066
     
    User Review: "Beautiful work and got it back within 6 months. I'll definitely use again!" - John (AL)
    Woods & Water Taxidermy
    2234 Delta City Road, Hollandale, MS 38748
    We are a full-time, full-scale taxidermy service with 30 years of experience. Our two full-time taxidermist select the most realistic glass eyes and artificial teeth for each mount.
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    (662) 873-4648
     
    User Review: "Great people to work with very professional and great work and turnaround too."
    J.huye's Wildlife Arts
    28080 Huye Road, Picayune, MS 39466
    Our habitat arrangements are uniquely designed for a one-of-a-kind mount inspired by the natural flora and elements indigenous to the various species we work with. We specialize in birds.
    (601) 749-3796
    Wildlife Wonders Taxidermy
    Pass Christian, MS 39571
    Established in 1976, we strive to bring your trophy, or trophies back to their most realistic life like features for you to enjoy for many years to come.
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    (228) 669-7040
     
    User Review: "Excellent work and a reasonable turnaround time. Prices are affordable."
    Turner Bros Taxidermy
    315 E Pine St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
    (601) 583-2638
    Beebe's Taxidermy
    163 Liberty Rd, Picayune, MS 39466
    (601) 798-9532


    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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