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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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    Lake George Taxidermy
    361 Lake George Rd, Seville, FL 32190
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    (386) 749-9119
    User Review: "He should not be in business;he ruined an alaskan brown bear hide of mine" - SONNY (FL)
    Dolfi Rj Taxidermy Supplies & Schooling
    30044 Rainey Rd, Sorrento, FL 32776
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    (352) 383-6870
    User Review: "I took in a wild boar to be processed. I explained how I wanted the meat processed and the owner wrote my order down and..." - jorge (FL)
    Buck and Boars Taxdermy
    1111 Buttermilk Ln, Port Orange, FL 32129
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    (386) 265-4733
    User Review: "Last year, I got my first 4 point with a bow! I was so excited!! bucks & boars mounted it for me and he looks great!! he..." - T (FL)
    Foxy's Taxidermy
    640 Se 164th Ave, Silver Springs, FL 34488
    (352) 625-1234
    Woodland Taxidermy
    18230 Se 52nd St, Ocklawaha, FL 32179
    (352) 625-0014
    The Gator Shop
    4835 County Road 151, Wildwood, FL 34785
    (352) 748-4142
    Lake Panasoffkee Taxidermy
    2010 N C 470, Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538
    (352) 444-2934
    Gary & Carols Taxidermy
    6659 N Carl G Rose Hwy, Hernando, FL 34442
    (352) 860-1143
    Randall's Taxidermy
    25 E Lakeview St, Umatilla, FL 32784
    (352) 669-1744
    Southern Wildlife Taxidermy
    8008 County Road 48, Yalaha, FL 34797
    (352) 324-3538
    C E Reed Taxidermist Inc
    1427 W C 48, Bushnell, FL 33513
    (352) 793-1008
    Wildlife Art Creations by Tony & Leslie
    3188 Se County Road 21b, Melrose, FL 32666
    (352) 475-3159
    Hydes Archery & Taxidermy
    7351 Crill Ave, Palatka, FL 32177
    (386) 326-6272
    Quality Taxidermy
    4457 N Us Highway 17, Deland, FL 32720
    (386) 985-0000
    Bills Taxidemy
    6080 Marina Ct, Keystone Heights, FL 32656
    (352) 478-6119

    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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