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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.
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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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    American Outdoor Life
    4354 County Road 60, Auburn, IN 46706
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    (260) 927-9716
     
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    Special-T Taxidermy
    1449 North 450 East, Columbia City, IN 46725
    Full service taxidermy shop. Providing over 13 years of quality work. Call for available services.
    (260) 248-2429
    Frehse Taxidermy Studio
    8490 E 600 S, Wolcottville, IN 46795
    Discover our award-winning taxidermy studio and its many services, including stuffing and mounting, by paying us a call today. We specialize in preservation of life-size animals, including bears, deer, fish, and birds.
    (260) 351-3344
    AA Thom's Quality Taxidermy Studio
    4316 Champlain Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46806
    (260) 745-9292
    Taylor Studio of Taxidermy
    6407 E 900 N, Ossian, IN 46777
    (260) 622-7432
    Earl's Fins & Skins
    4075 E Lincolnway, Columbia City, IN 46725
    (260) 244-7117
    Chet's Taxidermy Studio
    7221 N 100 E, Decatur, IN 46733
    (260) 724-9611
    Timberline Taxidermy
    8707 N 400 W, Huntington, IN 46750
    (260) 344-1774
    Terry's Taxidermy
    10510 N 150 E, Rome City, IN 46784
    (260) 854-3238
    Hoosier Taxidermy
    13501 Road 176, Paulding, OH 45879
    (260) 433-6921
    Hare Kent
    9905 E 1000 N, Cromwell, IN 46732
    (260) 856-2020
    Game Bird Taxidermy
    400 S Adams St, Monroe, IN 46772
    (260) 692-6826
    Manitou Taxidermy
    2131 N 600 E, Lagro, IN 46941
    (260) 782-2107
    Michiana Taxidermy
    5690 N State Road 9, Howe, IN 46746
    (260) 562-2030
    Steve's Taxidermy & Tannery
    24816 State Route 189, Fort Jennings, OH 45844
    (419) 453-3375


    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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