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Best Taxidermy Jobs of 2017

BackWoods Taxidermy: Favorite Trophies of 2017

This years competition for the Best Taxidermy Job goes to John and his family. The reward for his submission is a free mount, with a value up to $250. This can be used for any type of mountable trophy, our price list is found here.

Overall, we had an excellent turnout with both new and old hunters taking part. If you have any questions, or would like to see a full list of submitted projects contact us here.

Best Trophy of 2017 Taxidermy Jobs

This years winner goes to the below trophy. This bear was tracked for two days before it was finally shot and killed.  John, the hunter, has been bear hunting in the Midwest for the last three years and was finally able to get himself a trophy.  We worked hard to cover up the gunshot wound which killed the bear. In fact, the wound isn’t visible at all after our excellent mounting job.

The pose was chosen by Johns wife, who wishes to have this on display in their basement next to the entertainment set.

Large Bear trophy

Runner Up Trophy 2017 Taxidermy Jobs

This years runner up goes to Al, down in Ohio. This year he traveled West to the ocean and went on a 3 day fishing cruise with some of his coworkers. Al works as a general contractor during the day, but is very passionate about fishing, hunting, and camping.

This fish is one of the largest we have had the chance to mount, and proved a great challenge. However; we finally delivered this finished mount to Al, who is hanging it up over his fireplace.

Large wahoo Fish Trophy

Third Place Trophy 2017 Taxidermy Jobs

This years third place trophy goes to a young man in Wisconsin who shot his first turkey at the age of 14.  His father, a local window contractor, submitted this image on his sons behalf. The young man has joined his father hunting in a cabin since the age of 12, and has gone hunting for the past two years. However; this is his first wild turkey that he has ever shot and tracked himself.

He is a very hard worker, and has been helping his father in his window installation business over the last summer.  He aspires to a be a window contractor outside of Milwaukee when he grows up, just like his father.

Great work, and great talent.  We wish you the best in next years taxidermy competition.

Large wild turkey trophy
Credit: vandykestaxidermy.com

Mounting Practices For Various Game

Taxidermy is preserving the body of the animal for study or display. It includes stuffing or mounting the animals. The first and foremost task of the hunter is the good field care. Here are some of the tips for mounting perfectly which helps to expertise in taxidermy.

Deer mount for taxidermy

Mounting Practices of Various Birds

Evaluating the bird first before mounting helps in performing quality-mounting. The picked bird should not have pin feathers or broken bones. A prime bird will be the best for taxidermy.  The trophy should be clean, if there is any blood on the feathers using a water to wipe it off with a towel would be best. Take a cotton piece or a paper towel and block the nasal or throat passages. The plugging helps to shield the plumage from any kinds of fluids. If the taxidermy can’t be performed right away tuck the bird’s head under the wing, take a plastic bag and wrap the bird in it. Roll up the bag and expel the air stocked up in the bag. Do the same process with the second bag too. Squeezing out the air prevents the body from freezer burns.

Mounting Practices of Various Birds

Roll up the fish in a towel. While doing so, place the fins of the fish flat against its body. Make sure the towel is wet. Now, instead of using paper or cardboard, use a plastic bag to wrap the fish and put it in the freezer. Here are the steps to be followed for the purpose of reproduction:

  • Make a note of the length of the fish
  • Note down the fish’s widest girth point
  • Capture color photos of the fish in various angles (optional)

Mounting Practices of Various Mammals

Mounting the smaller mammals life-sized makes the taxidermist skillful. If the taxidermist is not an expert but is a novice, then let the animal body to cool down. Wrap up the entire mammal’s body in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer. Mammals are the easiest subjects for the learners to begin taxidermy with. Whatever species the mammal may belong to, the taxidermy includes skinning, removing the eyes and hiding the muscle tissue.

Caping Deer for Shoulder Mount

Identifying the first three cuts are very important. The cuts begin from behind the legs and runs till the armpits. From armpits go straight to the animal’s stomach. Now skin the animal back from the cuts. Skin all the way from neck to jawline. Cut the head from neck. Sharp knives do the job faster. Keep the hide clean both inside and outside. If the trophy can’t be taken to the taxidermist immediately, freeze it by using good quality bags.

Some Handy Mounting Tips

Freezing the trophy is only a temporary solution. If the body stays in the freezer for a long time, freezer burns will occur. So the body should be taken to the taxidermist as early as possible.

Dragging the deer from woods should be done carefully without pulling against its hair patterns.

Hang the deer by its hind legs but not by its neck.

Do not salt the trophy unless it has been fleshed completely.

Regular dusting prevents the mounts from building dust.

Never place the mounts in sunlight directly.