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Habitat for a Spotted Seatrout

Habitat for a Spotted Seatrout

We have been busy lately doing spotted seatrout for the fisherman of the saltwater shallows. Most of these folks are fishing in grass flats with oyster beds and various tree debris with roots, or just an old snag of a piling that’s eaten up with wood worms. Most of our fish are destined to be hanging alone on a wall, but a small percentage of customers, however, want...
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Our First Ever Virtual Photo Competition With the New Mexico Taxidermy Association

Our First Ever Virtual Photo Competition With the New Mexico Taxidermy Association

We can blame the COVID-19 virus for the multitude of changes that have evolved in our lives and  businesses for the past 10 months; it seems like years for me.  How many times have you heard the words “virtual,” “Zoom,” “lockdown,” and “social distancing” during this pandemic? Nevertheless, life and our economy must...
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Doin' Stuff With Old Extra Antlers

Doin' Stuff With Old Extra Antlers

This article is filled with a lot of country/mountain jargon. “Piddlin’” is a word that was used a lot where I grew up in the country, so I’m gonna write this the way people still talk in Thorn Hill, Tennessee. This is not to belittle those people. It is to show that a small mountain community is so remote, not only in locale, but also in more modern...
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Preparation of the World's Largest Freshwater Turtle

Preparation of the World's Largest Freshwater Turtle

The stately male of the Yangtze giant soft-shell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), who died in January 2016, had lived for many decades in a lake in the middle of the capital Hanoi. With a total length of about 2 meters and a weight of about 170 kilograms, it is the largest known specimen of its nearly extinct species.     Nobody had ever prepared such a huge...
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Breakthrough Award Winners 2020

Breakthrough Award Winners 2020

The highest award an entry can receive is Judges’ Choice Best of Show. Breakthrough honors this top achievement with the Breakthrough Award for Judges’ Choice Best of Show. Each winner receives a handsome plaque and a gift certificate from Breakthrough worth $50 in subscription renewals...
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Refurbishing Old Fish Mounts

Refurbishing Old Fish Mounts

Having started in taxidermy with my grandfather in 1954, I still enjoy looking at the old mounts. I love redoing old fish mounts to allow them to once again hang proudly on the wall rather than find their way to a Dumpster. A few products that I use are Zip-Strip for stripping, 3006 White Lightening...
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Waterfowl Reference Study: Gadwalls

Waterfowl Reference Study: Gadwalls

Gadwalls (Mareca strepera) are common and widespread dabbling ducks in the family Anatidae. Gadwalls were first described by Carl Linnaeus in his landmark 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae. DNA studies have...

A message from World Show Chairman Larry Blomquist: World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships® Rescheduled for August 24-28, 2021

If there is one thing we have learned from the Corona virus pandemic, it is that drastic changes in our lives have and will continue to occur. For how long who knows, but the writing was on the wall last March and...
Live Sculpting from 2019 WTC World Show

Live Sculpting from 2019 WTC World Show

One of the most telling and educational events at the World Taxidermy Championships® is the Live Sculpting Competition. It demonstrates a quick understanding of how accurate taxidermy “mounts”...
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