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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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    Hoban's Tru-life Taxidermy
    9046 Butealutea Ln, Meadville, PA 16335
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    (814) 333-6308
    User Review: "As a hunter of western, ny I had landed a prize buck that I wanted to get mounted. I heard of great things about hoban's..." - Ron (TX)
    Lake Erie Taxidermy
    1792 W 36th St, Erie, PA 16508
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    (814) 864-4444
    User Review: "I've had six mounts done by lake erie taxidermy and have been thrilled with each one." - Doug (PA)
    Dan's Taxidermy
    3831 Hereford Rd, Erie, PA 16510
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    (814) 899-1856
    User Review: "Other hunters told same story takes animal and doesnt deliver mount within 2years or more" - mike (PA)
    Fur Feathers & Fins Taxidermy
    29 Dana Dr, Greensburg, PA 15601
    Award Winning Taxidermist. State and Federal Licenses. Certified by the Taxidermy Association.
    (724) 689-5115
    Brian's Custom Taxidermy
    R D 1 Box 575a, East Freedom, PA 16637
    Full Service Taxidermy White-tailed deer, birds, fish, mammals, skull cleaning etc.
    (814) 239-5046
    Dd Taxidemy
    70 Orr Ave Apollo, Apollo, PA 15613
    We are your one stop shop for all of your taxidermy needs. We have a 12 and 18 month turn around. We use only advanced professional preservation methods.
    (724) 478-3234
    Lutz's Taxidermy
    1239 Walnut St, Freeland, PA 18224
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    (570) 636-0297
    User Review: "Fantastic realism and detail, great turnaround time and high quality prices iv had many mounts done and u get what pay for..."
    Smith Eric C Taxidermy
    813 Herman Rd, Horsham, PA 19044
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    (215) 646-0432
    User Review: "After taking several items to them, that took over 15 months to complete, with multiple excuses as to why, I gave them the..." - bob (PA)
    Memories Sportsman Shop
    702 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
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    (412) 781-9323
    User Review: "The work that comes out of this shop is worth every single penny. I have never been so pleased or have seen better work...." - Jennifer (PA)
    Andy's Taxidermy Studio
    1719 Bloomingrove Rd, Williamsport, PA 17701
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    (570) 323-4771
    User Review: "Poor communication, excessive length of time receiving finished product. Not professional."
    Akers Taxidermy
    8976 Willowdale Rd, Greencastle, PA 17225
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    (717) 597-0004
    User Review: "Scott has done a head mount and two full body mounts for me and also a rug. Scott does an amazing job at excellent prices...."
    Eagle Valley Taxidermy
    7596 S. Eagle Valley Rd., Port Matilda, PA 16870
    Offering you the service of a PA licensed taxidermist for your taxidermy needs! We do quality work in most areas of taxidermy, including all deer species, mammals, fish, upland birds, and turkey.
    (814) 692-8803
    Mount'n Whitetails Taxidermy
    410 Jersey Hollow Rd., Confluence, PA 15424
    We are a very personal taxidermy shop. Here, the customer is our main concern. We create shorter turn around times and produce better, detailed work. Check out our website to see some of our work.
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    (814) 395-3095
    User Review: "Very nice job, and got my deer mount back in a nice amount of time, will return again!!"
    Mountin' Man Taxidermy
    3586 Charter Oak Rd., Petersburg, PA 16669
    A full-time taxidermy studio that offers custom taxidermy and skull cleaning service. Turnaround time is no longer than six months. Call this expert taxidermist today!
    (814) 667-2218
    C W Taxidermy Studio
    32 W 3rd St, Hershey, PA 17033
    Certified and federally licensed professional taxidermist specializing in local wildlife. If you want to preserve an animal for display, we are the professionals to call for exceptional taxidermy services.
    (717) 648-1848

    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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