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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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    All-Game Taxidermy
    Neptune, NJ 07753
    Full time, licensed, & insured taxidermy business the tri state area. We do museum quality lifesize mounts, shoulder mounts, rug work, bird, marine & fresh water fish mounts. We specialize in custom bases & scenery & use an FDA approved fully licensed Tannery.
    (732) 918-8699
    Nantuxent Creek Taxidermy
    211 Landing Rd, Newport, NJ 08345
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    (856) 447-5052
     
    User Review: "He is the best taxidermis I know and I reccomend him!" - Marissa (AK)
    Wildlife Taxidermy by Richard G Santomauro
    1732 State Route 71 Ste 2, Belmar, NJ 07719
    I have operated a full service taxidermy shop for over 30 years. If you want to stuff a deer, bear, bird or fish, you should call my company. We can handle any job and offer the best rates.
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    (732) 449-5950
     
    User Review: "Excellent experience at the shop quality work and knowledgeable person take care of all your needs." - Richard (NJ)
    Wildlife Preservations
    192 Lackawanna Ave, Little Falls, NJ 07424
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    (973) 890-1516
     
    User Review: "Today I called the ownen to ask a technical question, I am getting into the business and he was happy to answer my question..."
    Ron's Taxidermy
    106 Howard Ave, Edison, NJ 08837
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    (732) 548-5356
     
    User Review: "I have had deer mounts done and some came out ok and others very sloppy. The last one I was told to pick up and the paint..." - Rick (NJ)
    Heads & Tails Taxidermy
    394 Front St, Atco, NJ 08004
    Full service taxidermist specializing in mounting of birds, deer heads, bear, turkey, and ducks. Also do fish. Plus, we offer full body mounts and tanning. Serving you for decades.
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    (856) 753-0296
     
    User Review: "I would recommend bill for any taxidermy needs . he does excellent work and his prices are great hes been doing all my..." - ryan (NJ)
    Cusanelli Taxidermy
    512 Ocean Ave, Beachwood, NJ 08722
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    (732) 349-0022
     
    User Review: "This taxidermist is the best there is - bar none. He has done work for me for 15-20 years. And he only gets better. Will..." - BIG (NJ)
    Paul's Taxidermy
    42 Red Bank Rd, Spotswood, NJ 08884
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    (732) 251-9120
     
    User Review: "Never experienced the true to life form of taxidermy until I visited this guys shop... Quality work, you will not be..." - Gene (NJ)
    Collins Taxidermy
    1305 Wood Ave, Forked River, NJ 08731
    We provide quality artistic mounts for hunters and fishermen. Custom mounts and displays are available.
    (732) 581-8232
    Jersey Jays Taxidermy
    587 Paulison Ave, Clifton, NJ 07011
    Quality taxidermy services available for reasonable costs. We specialize in mounting a variety of animals, including birds, deer, fish, bears and reptiles.
    (551) 206-2623
    John Shersick Taxidermist
    5 High St, Metuchen, NJ 08840
    (732) 549-0054
    Albert Haines Taxidermist
    92 Klinger Rd, East Hanover, NJ 07936
    (973) 887-7875
    Caldwell Taxldermst-Tanner
    410 Horseneck Rd, Fairfield, NJ 07004
    (973) 228-4541
    Simms John A Taxidermist
    7 Main St, Hampton, NJ 08827
    (908) 537-2807
    Jim Shersick Taxderimist
    199 Main St, Metuchen, NJ 08840
    (732) 906-8848


    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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