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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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    Hutton Valley School of Taxidermy
    2514 Victory Ln, Saint Charles, IA 50240
    Hutton Valley School of Taxidermy is the proven choice of driven taxidermy students from coast to coast! We are a VA and GI Bill approved taxidermy school, and we have student lodging on campus!
    (641) 396-2760
    S & S Taxidermy
    1122 Linn Street, Boone, IA 50036
    Awesome taxidermy for fish, bird, deer and other animals by a retired military career man and avid hunter. The fish are done by an artist who is also an art teacher.
    (515) 230-3244
    Iowa School of Taxidermy
    53240 Hwy 65, Lucas, IA 50151
    Full service taxidermy studio that assists with mounting and preserving your beloved catch. We use glass eyes, artificial teeth, and tanning supplies for a realistic hue on the skin of the animal.
    (319) 310-7182
    Lindstrom's Taxidermy
    3903 11th Pl, Des Moines, IA 50313
    (515) 243-8920
    Non-Typical Taxidermy
    109 E Olinda Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315
    (515) 205-0912
    Jim's Taxidermy Studio
    2170 Se 60th St, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
    (515) 262-5118
    Brad Coulson Taxidermist
    1517 Ne 70th Ave, Ankeny, IA 50021
    (515) 289-2789
    Howard Taxidermy Studio
    103 Nw Rock Creek Cir, Ankeny, IA 50023
    (515) 360-5234
    Waltz Taxidermy
    616 Jackson St, Norwalk, IA 50211
    (515) 981-0118
    Adams Rick Taxidermist
    11423 Elk Horn St, Norwalk, IA 50211
    (515) 961-0030
    Wildlife Illusions
    800 Se Willow Brook Dr, Waukee, IA 50263
    (515) 978-7024
    Captured Adrenaline Taxidermy
    515 E 5th St, Huxley, IA 50124
    (515) 975-2235
    Scovel Taxidermy
    9522 Pershing St, Indianola, IA 50125
    (515) 962-1341
    Sehman Taxidermy
    2912 Saint Charles Rd, Saint Charles, IA 50240
    (641) 396-2805
    Van's Wildlife-To-Art Taxidermy
    1502 W 9th St S, Newton, IA 50208
    (641) 792-3884

    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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