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Mounting a Siberian Tiger at the 2018 ETC

Mounting a Siberian Tiger at the 2018 ETC

by Travis Courtney de Villiers

MAMMAL TAXIDERMY: "A 3-and-a-half-day-long Super-Seminar in a foreign land"

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Waterfowl Reference Study: Teals Part 1

Waterfowl Reference Study: Teals Part 1

Photo reference study by Larry Blomquist

FEATURED THIS ISSUE:

GREEN-WINGED TEAL

EURASIAN TEAL

BLUE-WINGED TEAL

CINNAMON TEAL

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Part 1: Form Alteration Mounting a World-Class Whitetail Deer Shoulder Mount with 3-Time World Champion Gene Smith

Part 1: Form Alteration Mounting a World-Class Whitetail Deer Shoulder Mount with 3-Time World Champion Gene Smith

by Larry Blomquist

I first met Gene Smith when he was 17 years old. He had entered a whitetail in the Novice Division of the 1987 World Taxidermy Championships®. I had the pleasure of judging that deer and awarding him with a first-place ribbon. It was easy to see that young man had talent, but I had no idea he also had the desire and drive that I would see in the years ahead. He won his first World Title 8 years later in 1995 at age 25.

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PHOTO REFERENCE STUDY: DOVES

by Larry Blomquist

Doves and pigeons constitute the animal family Columbidae and the order Columbiformes, which includes about 42 genera and 310 species.

The distinction between “doves” and “pigeons” in English is not consistent, and does not exist in most other languages. Back in the 1970s my attempts at mounting two species nearly had me at the brink of giving up taxidermy. Those subjects were a 13-foot alligator and a mourning dove. I finally succeeded mounting the 13-foot gator, but the dove… well, I finally gave up after losing nearly half of the feathers in a disastrous attempt. It was years later when I finally mounted a dove I could be proud of by starting with a perfect specimen that needed no cleaning or washing, and by cheating in some of the skinning process and relying on injection preservatives.

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Taxidermy's Ca$h Cow

Taxidermy's Ca$h Cow

by John Jennings

A cash cow is a metaphor for a dairy cow that produces milk over the course of its lifetime and requires very little maintenance. In business, it’s defined as a consistently profitable product whose profits are used to finance the rest of your business. In taxidermy, it is defined as whitetail deer. They are your most reliable source of money. With an estimated 30 million whitetail deer in the United States today, it is difficult to believe these animals nearly became extinct just over a century ago. A calamity, however, is brewing once again.

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