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Marlin: Open-Mouth Head Alteration

Marlin: Open-Mouth Head Alteration

Just a few months back I had a client who told me his exciting fish-catching story as we negotiated the plan for doing his mount. He expressed that excitement of his trophy marlin and how it jumped and thrashed while close to the boat at the end of the battle. He went on to tell me about the mouth and gills and all these observation details as they revived the beast while...
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Part 3, Professional Standards for Shipping: Boxing and Crating

Part 3, Professional Standards for Shipping: Boxing and Crating

When it comes to pay day there may be some items you may have to ship. Some, you may be able to ship while others times you will have to personally deliver or hire out to have delivered. My next article will cover loading and securing mounts for delivery in a personal trailer or preparing them for delivery for hire service. There are several things to to be aware of and...
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Small Mammal Photo Reference Study Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

Small Mammal Photo Reference Study Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

I am sure that I am no different than most hunters in the fact that I learned the basics of still-hunting, stalking, and early hunting instincts while hunting squirrels. My uncle “Swede” was my teacher soon after he and my dad bought me a single-barrel 410 when I was 6 or 7 years old. They taught me safety first, then how to hold and shoot that trusted shotgun....
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ARA (Macaws)

ARA (Macaws)

From 2017 to 2019, an impressive presentation in the Berlin Museum of Natural History informed visitors about the current situation of one of the most endangered bird groups in the world. On 500 square meters the unique exhibition showed all 19 macaw species for the first time in the world. Besides more than 45 new specimens of the 17 recent species, the exhibition also...
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Part-Time Habits That Dictate Part-Time Pay

Part-Time Habits That Dictate Part-Time Pay

Please allow me to begin by saying that I personally have made the majority of these mistakes and poor judgments that will be discussed in this article. The points made herein do not come from a point of condescension, but from a point of self-reflection. The opinions here are mine and I think they...
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Yukon Moose in New Zealand

Yukon Moose in New Zealand

Four years  ago a good friend and client, Davey Hughes, asked me if I wanted to mount a life-size moose for him. Davey partly owns Swazi Apparel, an outdoor and hunting clothing brand where everything is made in a factory here in New Zealand. He told me that he was about to go on a moose hunt in...
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Part 2: Breakthrough Award Winners

Part 2: Breakthrough Award Winners

THE HIGHEST AWARD AN ENTRY CAN receive is Judges’ Choice Best of Show. Breakthrough is honoring this top achievement with the Breakthrough Award for Judges’ Choice Best of Show. Each winner receives a...
Professional Standards for Shipping, Part 2: Building Stands for Drying and Shipping Plus Reinforcing Necks and Horns

Professional Standards for Shipping, Part 2: Building Stands for Drying and Shipping Plus Reinforcing Necks and Horns

In this article I will be demonstrating how we at Dakota Taxidermy build a drying stand. For us, this stand is a multi-purpose stand. It is first a drying stand; second, it becomes a foundation platform for our...
CARIBOU (Rangifer tarandus) Large Mammal Photo Reference Study

CARIBOU (Rangifer tarandus) Large Mammal Photo Reference Study

During my 32 years as a full-time commercial taxidermist I had a lot of fondness with a little disdain for caribous when they were received from customers. They are unique and beautiful animals with lustrous thick...
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