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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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    Bob's Buck Stop
    38145 Warren Rd, Westland, MI 48185
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    (734) 459-2083
    User Review: "Bobs buck stop performed the taxidermy on my 11 point buck 23 years ago, and it is flawless, I can"t imagine how much..."
    Ditzel's Wildlife Animal Artistry
    12270 Luttenton Rd, Hanover, MI 49241
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    (517) 563-2805
    User Review: "Not the place for buck of lifetime. Great service but always looking at mount thinking should of shopped better"
    Wildlife Impressions Taxidermy
    5462 Plains Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
    We provide taxidermy work for whitetail, fish, and big and small game mounts. We provide fast, friendly and quality service for affordable rates. Call or come see us for all your taxidermy needs.
    (517) 628-2303
    Buckles Taxidermy
    6190 Joy Rd, Dexter, MI 48130
    (800) 426-2485
    Jim & Sons Taxidermy
    3431 Waltrous Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118
    (734) 475-2805
    Hunter's Pride Taxidermy
    10593 9 Mile Rd, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
    (734) 449-8161
    Jow Segler Taxidermy
    10970 Ford Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
    (734) 487-6767
    Dunigan's Taxidermy
    9125 Farley Rd, Pinckney, MI 48169
    (734) 878-9390
    Exact Wildlife Creations
    7022 Tipton Hwy, Tipton, MI 49287
    (517) 431-3337
    Taxidermy by Mel
    4153 Milner Rd, Stockbridge, MI 49285
    (517) 851-8919
    Realistics Taxidermy
    34449 Avondale St, Westland, MI 48186
    (734) 595-1202
    Fitch's Taxidermy
    10107 N Meridian Rd, Pleasant Lake, MI 49272
    (517) 769-3415
    Taxidermist The
    5323 Ann Arbor Rd, Jackson, MI 49201
    (517) 764-7938
    Knox Salon & Spa
    3400 E West Maple Rd, Walled Lake, MI 48390
    (248) 624-0100
    A Nature's Way Taxidermy
    6035 Westpoint St, Taylor, MI 48180
    (313) 291-0222

    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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